Delight To Stay at Keeneland Following Jessamine Victory

October 8, 2022

LEXINGTON, Ky.— Augustin Stable’s Delight delivered the second-most authoritative victory in 32 runnings of the JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G2) on Friday with her 5-length score that punched her ticket to the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) to be run here Nov. 4.

“She was traveling easy, and the fractions were in her favor,” trainer Jonathan Thomas said Saturday morning. “When they get a lead like that, you hope you have the horse to finish up and she did.”

Delight would represent the second Breeders’ Cup runner for Thomas, who is having his best year since 2018 when Catholic Boy was the stable star. A Grade 1 winner on turf and dirt, Catholic Boy twice ran in the Breeders’ Cup.

“She came out of the race well and did everything you want to see,” Thomas said. “She scoped well and ate up. She will probably stay here. She seems to be doing well here and there is no reason to shift gears or move.”

Town and Country Racing’s Knockyoursocksoff, who hopped at the start of the race and spotted the field many lengths, rallied to finish second in the 12-horse field. She headed back to trainer Chris Block’s main base at Hawthorne in Chicago after the race.

“As far as plans going forward, we will consider possibly a Breeders’ Cup but not sure at this point,” Block said via text.

Keeneland Press Release

Photo: Delight wins the G2 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (Keeneland Photo)


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