Alex G. Campbell's homebred Mean Mary wins second stakes, while trainer Graham Motion says lack of racing hasn't affected him so far
- March 30, 2020
- By SARA CAVANAGH
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla.--Alex G. Campbell's homebred Mean Mary, trained by Graham Motion, won her second straight stakes on March 28, winning the G3, $100,000 Orchid Stakes at 1 1/4 miles on the turf on the final day of Gulfstream's premier meet.
Mean Mary won in her usual running fashion, leading gate to wire to win by a length in a mild drive, finishing in 2:11.73.
She now has four wins, including two stakes, and one second from six starts, having won the G3, $200,00 La Prevoyante Stakes at 1 1/2 miles on the turf on Jan. 25..
"She's been remarkably consistent,," said Motion, who has said that she was very difficult to train earlier.
"She's mellowed a bit now, but she's still a handful," said Motion. "I hadn't planned to run her in the Orchid. I had planned to save her for the bigger races in the summer."
Racing has been hammered by breakdowns, lambasted by animal activists like Peta, cancelled in many areas due to coronavirus and, in Pennsylvania, by Gov. Wolf's attempt to raid the breeders' awards, and everyone in worried about what effect a long cancellation of racing may mean to its future.