Dickinson, the grass-loving daughter of Medaglia d’Oro made easy work of her rivals as she drew away to a handy 1 and 1/2 length win in the $200,000 Hillsborough (Grade 2) at Tampa Bay Downs.
Jockey Paco Lopez rode a patient race, biding his time while the speedy mare Isabella Sings tried to steal the winner’s share of the purse in the 1 1/8 mile turf stakes for fillies and mares 4-years-old and up.
Lopez and Dickinson caught the tiring pacesetter in deep stretch, while Elysea’s World trained by Chad Brown and ridden by Joel Rosario closed to take the place. Isabella Sings hung on for the show.
The winning time of 1:46.75 was the second fastest for the Hillsborough. Tepin, the Breeders’ Cup and Eclipse-winning mare, set the record of 1:46.26 last year.
Dickinson is now 4 for 5 lifetime on the grass and should continue to be a force in the older filly and mare division.
Dickinson returned $8.00, $4.20 and $2.80. The $2.00 exacta gave back $39.60 and the $2 trifecta paid $98.00.