Racing at Keeneland (Keeneland Photo)
LEXINGTON, Ky.— Gentry Farms’ homebred Lovely Princess made a six-wide move in the stretch and surged to the front, passing favored Personal Best inside the sixteenth pole to score a 1-length victory in the featured $109,550 Foxtale Purse for fillies and mares Thursday afternoon.
Trained by Kenny McPeek and ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr., Lovely Princess covered the distance of about 1 1/8 miles over a turf course rated as good in 1:50.80.
Now a winner of two of six starts, Lovely Princess is a 3-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Twirling Candy out of the Giant’s Causeway mare Princess Mariah. Lovely Princess banked $63,085 for the victory that improved her career earnings to $127,035.
Lovely Princess rewarded her backers with payoffs of $12.72, $4.80 and $4.28. Personal Best, ridden by Tyler Gaffalione, returned $3.10 and $2.94 and finished a half-length in front of Loved Reiko, who paid $12.42 to show under Martin Garcia.
Racing continues Friday with a 10-race program that begins at 1 p.m. ET and features two stakes: the 32nd running of the $350,000 Rubicon Valley View (G3) and the third running of the $200,000 Myrtlewood.
The Myrtlewood, for 2-year-old fillies racing 6 furlongs on the dirt, is the seventh race with a post time of 4:12 p.m.
The Rubicon Valley View, for 3-year-old fillies going 1 1/16 miles on the turf, is the eighth race with a 4:44 p.m. post time.
Saturday is closing day of Keeneland’s 170-day Fall Meet.
Keeneland Press Release/Edited
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