Maryquitecontrary spent the early part of the Gr. III Princess Rooney Invitational at Gulfstream Park in eighth and last place, about eight lengths off the pace-setters, then made a strong late run under Luca Panici that fell half a length short at the wire.
The seven-furlong race went in 1:22.89.
The 4-year-old daughter of First Dude earned a check for $40,000, increasing her bank account to $498,080 on a record of 6-3-0 in 11 starts for Ocala owner/breeder Rod Lundock. After her next start, she’ll become the seventh First Dude to pass the half a million mark in career earnings. In 2023 alone, Maryquitecontrary has posted a record of 1-2-0 in five tries with earnings of $277,300.