One start before Mean Mary turned in her impressive turf performance, it was La Signare‘s turn to prove her mettle on the grass. The Brendan Walsh trainee went from near last to first and earned her first win since 2018 in the $100,000 Sand Springs Stakes over one-mile.
Guided by Tyler Gaffalione, La Signare was held back off the early pace as Valedictorian took the lead from the break. La Signare rated in ninth as the first half-mile went in :46.63, was guided out three wide headed into the far turn, and picked up the pace on the far outside to get up within striking distance of Valedictorian at the top of the stretch.
Less than a furlong from the finish Valedictorian was asked for more but began to wane. La Signare seized the opportunity to pass the leader and rallied to get up by three-quarters of a length for the win. She completed a mile in 1:33.12
Winless in her previous six starts, 5-year-old La Signare last visited the winner’s circle at 3 when she took the Wonder Again Stakes (G3T) at Belmont Park for former trainer Brian Lynch. Campaigned by Madaket Stables, Tim Cambron, Anna Cambron, and Bradley Thoroughbreds, La Signare joined the barn of Brendan Walsh in the Fall of 2019 and entered the Sand Springs off a third in the The Very One Stakes (G3T) Feb. 29 at Gulfstream.
Bred in France by Moussa Mbacke, La Signare is out of the Beat Hollow mare La Teranga, who has also produced stakes winner Le Baol. The daughter of Siyouni improved her record to 3-1-2 from 11 starts with $227,543 in earnings.