Multiple graded stakes winner Farrell set out for the early lead in the 1 1/8-mile race, and jockey Jose Ortiz had Blue Prize tucked in along the rail in fourth. Blue Prize fanned five wide coming out of the far turn and wore down Farrell in midstretch to win by 1 ½ lengths.
"She was in a good spot the whole way," Ortiz said. "She broke well and saved all the ground. When we passed the three-eighths pole, I started working to take her out, and I knew I had a lot of horse under me. She's very tactical. She can be close or she can be third, fourth, or fifth, just depending how fast they go in front of me."
Trainer Ignacio Correas IV said that the Fleur de Lis’ distance and surface are right up Blue Prize's alley. The chestnut mare entered Saturday’s race off a runner-up finish in the May 18 Allaire DuPont Distaff Stakes at Pimlico Race Course after winning the April 15 Top Flight Invitational Stakes at Aqueduct. At the end of her 4-year-old season, she took the Falls City Handicap at Churchill, her first win in North America. She won a Group 1 in her native Argentina in 2016 before she was imported to the United States.
"There's no doubt that she loves Churchill, and we love that she loves Churchill, so we'll try to keep her around here and wait for the Breeders' Cup," he said. "We know that she loves this place, and that is a little bit of an advantage to give us an edge. (The Distaff is) going to be a very tough race.
"She's very consistent when she goes a mile and an eighth or longer. She needs distance, that's all she needs."
Blue Prize improved her record to 5 wins, 7 seconds, and 1 third from 14 starts, with earnings of $605,233.