Two years ago, a yearling bay filly went through the sales ring at Keeneland. Her sire, Empire Maker, won the Florida Derby, Wood Memorial, and Belmont Stakes, and he finished second in the Kentucky Derby. Still, no one was much interested in the filly; bidding reached $22,000, less than her reserve, and she left the ring unsold.
Last weekend, she returned to the site of her ignominious beginning and emerged a star.
On Sunday, In Lingerie won the Grade 1 Spinster Stakes at Keeneland Race Course, one of the country’s most prestigious races for fillies and mares. It was her third graded stakes victory, her fourth victory in seven races, and she’s the kind of filly that Thoroughbred owners dream about.