She’s Not Here hadn’t won a stakes race since the 2015 Yellow Ribbon Stakes, so this was an all important challenge for the five-year old mare. After five, frustrating and non-podium starts the daughter of Street Cry finally got back to her winning ways by seizing control of one of her favorite races.
There were many doubts concerning the Victoria Oliver trainee as she closed in at 8/1 odds, standing as an outside shot to win the Yellow Ribbon Stakes this year as a repeat champion. Her Emmynency took the lead as a 5/1 choice, and measured a steady pace round the first bend. She was tracked dutifully by Keri Belle, who also held 8/1 odds. Finest City, who was the favorite heading in and my own personal choice, held in a perfect stalking spot in third as they entered the backstretch.
Prize Exhibit started to show some flare at the backstretch making a very early move that took her in to second place for a moment. That daring pass upped the pace just at the tip of the second turn, and brought them to 1:12.32 at the 3/4 mile point. All hell broke loose down a tight homestretch with She’s Not Here taking a bee line down the middle to repeat as the Yellow Ribbon Stakes victor as Fresh Feline and Nancy From Nairobi stormed from the back to take second and third respectively.
She’s Not Here paid out $20.40, $10.20, and $6.60 across the board. Fresh Feline returned a whopping $19.40 and $6.60 in second, and Nancy From Nairobi brought $3.20 to show.
“I thought Drayden had her in good position down the backstretch, and when he asked her, she really responded,” trainer Victoria Oliver noted of her two-time Yellow Ribbon winner. “She runs well on that turf course. I don’t know exactly why, Maybe she just likes it because it’s a little more firm than most.”
Perhaps there’s more to come on the fast stuff for She’s Not Here. If there are hefty chunks of $200,000 purses available, it will be a definite consideration for her connections.