Churchill Downs Press Release
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Ashbrook Farm and Upland Flats Racing’s Red Carpet Ready caught pace pacesetter Twirled at the top of the stretch and drew clear inside the final furlong to win the second running of the $200,000 Fern Creek for 2-year-old fillies on Saturday at Churchill Downs by 3 ¼ lengths. Key of Life, the odds-on 2-5 favorite, was another neck back of Twirled in third.
Red Carpet Lady, trained by Rusty Arnold and ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr., ran 6 ½ furlongs over a fast track in 1:16.72.
“We really didn’t’ know what to expect in the debut and she was very impressive that day,” said Arnold. “I thought getting her back sprinting again would be a good and, in this race, she was able to prove she’d like the fast track. I haven’t really thought much past this race of what’s next for her. She’s got two impressive sprint wins under her belt and now we make a plan this winter.”
The victory was worth $122,070 and increased Red Carpet Lady’s earnings to $191,070 with a record of two wins in two starts. She is a Kentucky-bred daughter of Oscar Performance out of the Street Sense mare Wild Silkand broke her maiden at first asking on Oct. 30 at Churchill Downs by 10 lengths.
“We sat a really good trip. She was impressive last time out on the lead in the slop and today on a fast track she was able to sit just off the pace and get the job done late,” Hernandez Jr. said.
Sent off at odds of 7-1, Red Carpet Lady returned $16.84, $6.58 and $2.80. Twirled, under Tyler Gaffalione, and paid $5.42 and $2.64 with Key of Life paying $2.10 to show under Florent Geroux.
Baytown Lovely, The Great Maybe and Tell Me When completed the order of finish.