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Cotai Glory mare dazzles in Aqueduct stakes score

Tough Cotai Glory mare Spirit And Glory added another stakes success to her resume on Sunday when the easy winner of the Plenty Of Grace Stakes at Aqueduct.

The five-year-old led throughout, quickening clear under jockey Jose Lezcano when asked to win by five lengths.

"You could see when Jose [Lezcano] pinched her at the three-eighths, she opened up a little bit and it looked like she had a lot left," said trainer Robert Falcone. "She was on the wrong lead, so you hope they don't get lost - she's been closing every single race her whole life and finds herself turning for home with no one around her you start to wonder if she'll start flicking her ears and waiting or kick on. She kicked on."

From the first crop of Cotai Glory, Spirit And Glory is now the winner of six races for earnings of almost $500,000. A maiden winner for Michael Mulvany at Dundalk, she won the Woodford Reserve Virginia Oaks not long after her switch Stateside and last year's Miss Liberty Stakes as a four-year-old. She capped her year with a good second in the Grade 2 Yellow Ribbon Handicap before returning this season to take the Albert M. Stall Stakes.

Spirit And Glory was bred by Dr Noel Cogan and Patrick Williams out of the winning Invincible Spirit mare Supreme Spirit.

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