From the Daily Racing Form: Crystal Ball, with new barn, triumphs in Lady Jacqueline Stakes

Crystal Ball | Photo by JJ Zamaiko

Crystal Ball made a sparkling return to stakes company and shone in her debut for a new barn in taking the $250,000 Lady Jacqueline Stakes for fillies and mares Saturday at Thistledown.

The filly also keyed a big day for the ownership team behind WinStar Farm and for jockey Luis Saez, who won three races including a pair of stakes on the day.

Crystal Ball ($6) kindly stalked the pace set by locally based Racinrosemary, a length back through a half-mile in 47.88 seconds and six furlongs in 1:13.44 on the fast main track. She took the lead in upper stretch, with Miss Bigly, who was stalked-placed at Churchill Downs in her most recent outing, coming to her on the outside. Crystal Ball dug in to repel her challenger through the final sixteenth, edging clear by 1 1/4 lengths at the wire. She finished the 1 1/8 miles in 1:51.80.

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Crystal Ball breaks through in $250,000 Lady Jacqueline S.

WinStar Stablemates Racing LLC’s Crystal Ball earned her first stakes victory on Saturday at Thistledown with a 1 1/4-length victory in the $250,000 Lady Jacqueline S.

Making her first start for trainer Rodolphe Brisset on Saturday, Crystal Ball came out of the gate running and was battling for the lead into the first turn. Longshot Racinrosemary took command after a quarter-mile and set the pace until Crystal Ball rolled by her with a quarter-mile to go. Miss Bigly presented a challenge in upper stretch, but Crystal Ball shook clear  to finish the 1 1/8-miles in 1:51.80 on a fast track.

“She’s been with us a little over five weeks,” said Brisset. “We breezed her every week and she’s been training very well. (Thankfully) we got it done today.”

The 4-year-old filly was just a head back of her fellow Stablemates runner Paris Lights in last year’s Coaching Club American Oaks (G1). She is undefeated in three starts this year and is 4-1-1 in seven lifetime outings, with earnings of $373,608.