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Ms Locust Point wins the 2018 Barbara Fritchie S. (G2) at snowy Laurel Park - Jim McCue photo
Ms Locust Point extends win streak in Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie S.
RSS Feeds Sunday, February 18, 2018 | Posted to: Dialed In
Dialed In's 4-year-old filly Ms Locust Point laid claim as the top female sprinter in the country on Saturday when she rolled to a 4 1/2-length victory in the $300,000 Barbara Fritchie S. (G2) at Laurel Park.

Riding a three-race winning streak coming into Saturday's seven-furlong contest, Ms Locust Point ran like the 3-5 favorite she was. Springing to the lead right out of the gate, the chestnut filly was up three lengths in the first quarter-mile and never looked back. She covered the distance in 1:24.13 over a muddy track and in the midst of a heavy snowfall.

“She really can run. She took me there. Last time, I was trying to relax her a bit, but she likes to run,” winning jockey Jorge Vargas, Jr. said. “(The sloppy track) was something I was a little concerned about. She’s won on an off track before, but not like this. But she took to it good.” 

“We’re going to give her an opportunity to show us (more). I think it’s time to get a little more aggressive with her and see if she can step up to the next level,” trainer John Servis said. “I would say the Madison (G1, April 7 at Keeneland) might be on our schedule.” 

Ms Locust Point has now won six of eight starts, including four stakes, and has earned $438,960 for Cash Is King Stable and Jim Reichenberg. 

Dialed In, who was the champion Second-Crop Sire of 2017, leads all Third-Crop Sires this year with progeny earnings of more than $1.8 million. His stakes horses this year include Gunnevera, who placed in the $16 million Pegasus World Cup Inv. (G1) and California Derby runner-up Mugaritz.