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Lee Lewis is from Lubbock Texas and was introduced to racing by his father who raced quarter horses with D Wayne Lukas. He got in to the thoroughbred business on the advice of Lukas who purchased his first horses at auction for him. One of those was Personal Hope who would go on to finish 4th in the 1993 Kentucky Derby under the training of former Lukas assistant Mark Hennig. Hennig and Lewis have had continued success with many additional stakes winners including Sierra Diablo.
Live Lively ran herself into Kentucky Oaks contention by taking her stakes bow in the Davona Dale on February 23. The dark bay miss is by Medaglia d’Oro and out of the unbeaten Smoke Glacken mare Glacken’s Gal.
Medaglia d’Oro is probably best known as the sire of Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, who recorded the longest-winning margin for the Kentucky Oaks when romping by 20 1/4 lengths in 2009 prior to beating the boys in the Preakness Stakes.
Medaglia d’Oro is also the sire of the 2011 Oaks winner, Plum Pretty, as well as a number of Grade/Group 1 scorers.
While the stallion was not successful in the Run for the Roses, finishing fourth in the 2002 Kentucky Derby, he would go on to just miss by a nose in the Belmont Stakes and take the Grade 1 Travers. He also recorded a pair of seconds in the 2002-03 Breeders’ Cup Classic and was runner-up in the Group 1 Dubai World Cup.
Live Lively’s dam was no slouch on track, though she only competed twice. Glacken’s Gal, who is a half-sister to a pair of stakes winners, captured both of those starts, including the 2007 Astoria, at Belmont Park.
This female family has also produced dual Grade 3-placed stakes heroine Check Point; multiple stakes scorer Bagshot, who placed in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap and Grade 2 Strub in 1998; and multiple Grade 1-placed Fiesta Libre.
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