OCEANPORT, N.J., JULY 21 -- Lady's Secret became the No. 1 all-time money winner among fillies and mares today, coasting to a seven-length victory as the 1-10 favorite in a $25,000 allowance race at Monmouth Park.
The 1986 horse of the year earned $15,000 for the victory, pushing her career earnings to $3,021,425. She surpassed All Along, the 1983 horse of the year, who earned $3,015,764.
After a year filled with struggles, including a 32 1/2-length defeat in the Donn Handicap and a loss as the 3-10 favorite in the Molly Pitcher Handicap earlier this month, Lady's Secret rebounded with a convincing victory.
"The record is very nice, but the important thing was that she ran a good race," said Jeff Lukas, who trains Lady's Secret for his father, Wayne. "She was better today than she was last time and she'll be better next time."
Lady's Secret, ridden by Chris McCarron, did bear out briefly in the first turn, but Lukas explained that she does that by habit.
Once straightened out, she led throughout and was eased up at the wire.
In earning horse of the year honors last year, Lady's Secret won 10 of 15 races and earned $1.8 million.
The 5-year-old daughter of Secretariat was dubbed the "Iron Lady" because of her consistency and durability.
This year she has won just one other time, capturing a $25,000 allowance race at Monmouth on June 13.