LEXINGTON, Ky. – Under a heady ride from Joel Rosario, Fortune Racing’s Candy Light squeezed through a narrow gap next to the rail at the eighth pole and went on to win Thursday’s featured $110,000 Hagyard Purse for fillies and mares by 1½ lengths over Sake (FR).
Trained by Graham Motion, Candy Light covered the mile on a turf course labeled as good in 1:37.31.
Candy Light is a 3-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Candy Ride out of the Pioneerof the Nile mare Queen Yolanda. Candy Light improved her record to 9-2-3-1 and increased her earnings to $161,128 with Thursday’s $62,233 winner’s check.
Sent off as the favorite in the field of 12, Candy Light returned $5.50, $3.92 and $3.10. Sake, ridden by Vincent Cheminaud, returned $18.02 and $10.20 with Fuente Ovejuna (GB) finishing another 1¼ lengths back under John Velazquez and paying $8.92 to show.
Making his career debut, Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Extra Anejo won Thursday’s seventh race by 9½ lengths as the 7-5 favorite. Ridden by Tyler Gaffalione for trainer Steve Asmussen, Extra Anejo covered the Beard Course distance of 7 furlongs and 184 feet in 1:27.17.
Winchell Thoroughbreds paid $1.35 million for Extra Anejo, a colt by Into Mischief, at Keeneland’s 2021 September Yearling Sale. The amount was the fifth-highest at the auction.
Extra Anejo, who is out of the Hard Spun mare Superioritycomplex (IRE), is from the family of champion and Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1) winner Islington (IRE).
Racing continues Friday with a 10-race program beginning at 1 p.m. ET and is highlighted by the $300,000 Sycamore (G3) for 3-year-olds and up going 1½ miles on the turf. The Sycamore is the afternoon’s ninth race with a 5:16 p.m. post time.
Tomorrow is College Scholarship Day Presented by Lane’s End.
Keeneland Press Release
Photo: Candy Light in a work at Herringswell Stables at Fair Hill. Photo by Maggie Kimmitt