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Marley's Freedom Gets by Skye Diamonds in Great Lady M
Published: Monday, July 9, 2018

Blame filly has now won a pair of graded stakes for new trainer Bob Baffert.

Skye Diamonds usually is not the pursued. She is usually the pursuer.

But in the $200,000 Great Lady M Stakes (G2), a race she won last year, the First Dude   mare was ahead early in the long Los Alamitos Race Course stretch. A budding star in the female sprint division just happened to be looming on the outside.

After she took up the rear of the five-horse field early in the 6 1/2-furlong sprint, Marley's Freedom was loaded for the stretch under jockey Drayden Van Dyke. Cicero Farms' Blame   filly rallied four wide and gradually pushed past her rival to win by 1 1/2 lengths.

"I ride her with a lot of confidence," Van Dyke said. "The plan was to take her back and make a run, and she gave me a real nice turn of foot. Skye Diamonds fought gamely, but I knew we had her measured."

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