Mo Stash and Luis Saez never headed in the G3 Transylvania (JennyPhoto/Past The Wire)
Keeneland Press Release/Edited
LEXINGTON, Ky.— BBN Racing’s Mo Stash grabbed the lead out of the gate and never was headed to win by a length over favored Nagirroc in the 35th running of the $400,000 Kentucky Utilities Transylvania (G3) for 3-year-olds on Friday on opening day of the 15-day Keeneland Spring Meet.
In the Kentucky Utilities Transylvania, Mo Stash covered the 1 1/16 miles on the turf course rated as good in 1:43.05.
Mo Stash was ridden by Luis Saez and gave trainer Vicki Oliver her first Keeneland stakes victory.
Mo Stash led the field of 11 through fractions of :23.69, :48.41 and 1:13.84 with Dude N Colorado (GB) stalking in second and Nagirroc racing fourth while in the clear another couple of lengths back.
At the top of the stretch, Mo Stash put away Dude N Colorado and was immediately confronted by Nagirroc, who reached near even terms at the three-sixteenths pole but never could push past.
The victory was worth $229,400 and increased Mo Stash’s earnings to $392,275 with a record of 6-2-2-0. A Keeneland sales graduate, Mo Stash is a Kentucky-bred son of Mo Town out of the Smart Strike mare Making Mark Money.
Mo Stash returned $12.96, $6.70 and $4.82. Nagirroc, ridden by Flavien Prat, returned $4.84 and $3.52 with Webslinger rallying for third, another length back under Javier Castellano, and paying $3.90 to show.
It was another length back to Mi Hermano Ramon with Andthewinneris, Candidate, Freedom Trail, Dude N Colorado, Wonderful Justice (GB), Movisitor and Rarified Flair following in order.