Brandons Babe and her jockey Iram Diego had to sweat it out after the race, but eventually overcame an objection from jockey Stewart Elliott to win the featured allowance race on the turf Saturday night.

Despite Elliott forcefully pulling his horse hard in mid-stretch as quarters became tight with Brandons Babe and Peka, who finished third, the stewards ruled the objection was not substantiated by the evidence. Brandons Babe remained up for the winner’s circle photo.

Brandons Babe, a 3-year-old filly by Fed Biz, out of the Street Cry (IRE) mare Camille Garey, came from dead last down the backstretch in the field of fillies and mares, 3-years-old-and-up, to pass them all coming for home to win by three-quarters of a length. She covered the 7-1/2 furlongs on the turf in 1:32.50 seconds.

The wagering favorite at 8-5 odds, Breeze Rider, from trainer Steve Asmussen’s barn, wound up running fifth a little more than 2-1/2 lengths behind. Brandons Babe, owned by Bruce G. Tackett and Desra Schlansky of Georgetown, Ky., and trained by Karen Jacks, was sent off at 10-1 odds and returned $23.20, $10.80 and $6.80 across the board. Chikara (5-1 odds) was another length ahead of third-place finisher Peka (10-1). The $2 exacta paid $161.20 and the 50-cent trifecta was worth $337.20. The 10-cent superfecta combination of 9-1-5-3 with Cosmic Code (8-1) finishing fourth returned $443.26 for those who were fortunate enough to have bet it.

Brandons Babe earned $17,796 for the victory and improved her career record to seven starts, two wins, one second and one third for a bankroll of $50,594. She was bred in Kentucky by Lantern Hill Farm.

Live racing expands to a Thursday-Saturday schedule next week, Sept. 3-5, with nine races nightly. Each program will begin at 7:07pm-Central.

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