A comeback complete: Lady Eli back where she belongs

Lady Eli and Irad Ortiz Jr. Photo: NYRA/Chelsea Durand

Lady Eli and Irad Ortiz Jr. Photo: NYRA/Chelsea Durand

For a man whose volubility makes him a terrific interview, Jay Hanley was curiously silent as he stood near the winner’s circle at Belmont Park on Saturday afternoon. Minutes earlier, his Lady Eli had won the Grade 1, $500,000 Flower Bowl, her second race and first win since she was injured after the Grade 1 Belmont Oaks Invitational in July of 2015.

Searching for words, he said, “I don’t know if…vindicated? is the right word?”

Then, a smile beginning to creep across his face, he said, “’Relaxed’ is definitely not the right word.”

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2 thoughts on “A comeback complete: Lady Eli back where she belongs

  1. Quietly could be the best story in racing this year. I’ll be rooting for her to cap off a remarkable comeback at the Breeders Cup.

    • At times over the weekend, I was disappointed to be missing Keeneland. But I’d have been so disappointed not to be at Belmont for this, which was the high point on a pretty terrific day at Belmont. “Remarkable,” indeed.

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