LEXINGTON, Ky. – BBN Racing’s Trademark surged to the front midway on the far turn and drew off to post a 3 3/4-length victory in Thursday’s featured $120,000 Runnymede Purse for 3-year-olds.
Trained by Vicki Oliver and ridden by Martin Garcia, Trademark covered the 1 1/8 miles on a fast track in 1:51.52.
A Keeneland sales graduate, Trademark is a Kentucky-bred son of Upstart out of the Creative Cause mare Creative Trick. Now boasting a record of 12-3-1-0, Trademark increased his earnings to $280,239 with Thursday’s $67,890 check.
Trademark returned $48.80, $19.40 and $11.84. Actuator, ridden by James Graham, returned $6.16 and $4.76 with Saint Tapit finishing third and paying $4.06 to show under Luis Saez.
A Keeneland record payoff of $72,863.72 for a 10-cent superfecta wager occurred in today’s seventh race. The ticket, which swept the entire pool, was placed through NYRA Bets and cost only $18.
Keying the payoff was the win of 54-1 shot Fancy Martini, who is owned by Carl Moore Management and trained by Joe Sharp. James Graham was the winning rider.
Completing the superfecta in order were 37-1 shot Barista, 48-1 shot Smarmy and 4-1 shot Sister Lou Ann.
Keeneland’s previous record high payoff superfecta for a dime was $27,228.80 established in the seventh race on Oct. 18, 2014.
A racing rarity occurred in the ninth race when Pure Pauline and Grand Entrance finished on even terms for a dead-heat for trainer Todd Pletcher. Both 2-year-old fillies appeared in the Winner’s Circle for the traditional win picture. See photo above.
Both fillies were bred by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings and are closely related. Pure Pauline, who races for Stonestreet Stables, is a daughter of Curlin and the Pulpit mare Keen Pauline. Grand Entrance is by Bernardini and is out of Keen Pauline’s dam, the Two Punch mare Grand Pauline.
Racing continues Friday with a 10-race program beginning at 1 p.m. ET.
Tomorrow is Jockey Autograph Signing to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. Fans will meet active and retired Keeneland riders and Racing Hall of Famers. Scheduled to attend include Gary Birzer, Steve Cauthen, Tony D’Amico, Carl Faulconer, Kaoru Tsuchiya Hawley, Sandy Hawley, Mike Manganello, Chris McCarron, Johnny Oldham, Suzie Picou Oldham, Shane Sellers and Charlie Woods.
The signing takes place near the Walking Ring from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
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Photo: Grand Entrance at left; Pure Pauline at right. Coady Photo