Armoire Captures The $75,000 Nellie Mae Cox Stakes At Laurel

Armoire, who finished second a year in the Nellie Mae Cox Stakes, got to the winners circle Saturfday afternoon at Laurel Park in the 2018 edition. The $75,000 event was the first of four stakes exclusively for Virginia-bred/sired horses on Laurel’s “Commonwealth Day” card.

Armoire beat Drop Dead Red by 1 1/2 lengths in the $75,000 Nellie Mae Cox Stakes. Photo by Jim McCue.

Armoire was fifth at the half, but moved up entering the far turn and caught frontrunning Zenbennie approaching the 1/8th pole. The winner, bred and owned by Mr. & Mrs. Bertram Firestone, crossed 1 1/2 lengths ahead of runner-up Drop Dead Red. Queen Caroline, who won this stakes in 2017, was third. Finishing time of the one mile turf race was 1:34.61. Armoire, a 5 year old mare, is by Artier Schiller out of Wardrobe by War Chant.

Armoire, winner of the ’18 Nellie Mae Cox Stakes, was ridden by Daniel Centeno. She is trained by Arnaud Delacour. Photo by Jim McCue.

Rounding out the rest of the field — Complete St. (4th), Zenbennie (5th), Secret Or Not (6th) and Well Blessed (7th).


Armoire is pictured in the winners circle at Laurel with her connections and rider Daniel Centeno. Photo by Jerry Dee.