La Feve, a graded stakes placed three year old French-bred filly purchased by BSW Bloodstock in conjunction with Mandore Agency on behalf of Madaket Stables, Robert LaPenta, Lindy Farms and Team Hanley, hit pay dirt in the Duchess Stakes at Woodbine on Saturday, winning the seven furlong all-weather sprint by 3/4 of a length as the fourth betting choice for trainer Graham Motion.
Making her first start on an all-weather surface and reverting to sprinting for the first time since her maiden breaker last July in France, the chestnut daughter of G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner George Vancouver broke well and settled off the pace as they head down the backstretch. She ranged up to the leader once they hit the stretch and she found the front shortly thereafter while holding off a challenge to her outside.
La Feve came to the US at the end of 2018 and was 4th, beaten just 1 1/4 lengths by superstar Concrete Rose in the G3 Florida Oaks in March. Ever since she came to the US, she has never regressed, with each of her races bringing about a new career high Beyer Speed Figure.