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Sisterly Love Upsets Emollient to Win Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare

LEXINGTON, KY (April 18, 2014 Gary Barber’s Sisterly Love survived a race-long duel with odds-on favorite Emollient and had enough left to hold off Moment in Dixie by a diminishing neck to win the 20th running of the $100,000 Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare (G3) for fillies and mares before a Friday afternoon crowd of 20,884.

Quotes from the $100,000 Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare (G3)

Stewart Elliott (winning rider of Sisterly Love)

“I had a great trip. She was comfortable the whole way. On the far turn, I looked over and saw Mike (Smith on the favorite, Emollient) and it looked like he was asking her already. I said, ‘Man, I got a chance. I still have some horse left.’ And I did. She finished up.”

 

Norman Casse (assistant to his father, Mark Casse, winning trainer)

Barn Notes -- Friday, April 18

SPECIAL: Tom Leach interviews trainer Al Stall Jr. on Ire, running in today’s Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare (G3), and talks to trainer Ian Wilkes on Free as a Bird, entered in Saturday’s Giant’s Causeway Stakes.

 

AMI’S HOLIDAY NOT DERBY BOUND EVEN WITH COOLMORE LEXINGTON WIN

Undefeated Daring Dancer Takes 26th Appalachian

LEXINGTON, KY (April 17, 2014) – Sagamore Farm’s homebred Daring Dancer remained undefeated in three starts as she rallied for a 2½- length victory over Sweet Acclaim (IRE) to win the 26th running of the $100,000 Appalachian (G3) Presented by Japan Racing Association for 3-year-old fillies before a Thursday afternoon crowd of 11,442.

Trained by Graham Motion and given a ground-saving trip by Alan Garcia, Daring Dancer covered the mile on a turf course listed as firm in 1:36.04.

Quotes from the $100,000 Appalachian (G3) Presented by Japan Racing Association

Alan Garcia (winning rider of Daring Dancer)

“The focus was to get her to finish well. She broke great; she saved all the ground. We were waiting at the top of the stretch for a hole to open, and it did. She finished very strong.”

 

Rosie Napravnik (rider of runner-up Sweet Acclaim [IRE])

Barn Notes -- Thursday, April 17

VANMETER MAKES KEENELAND DEBUT WITH PEARL TURN

Pearl Turn represents a number of firsts for her 30-year-old trainer, Will VanMeter. On March 14 at Oaklawn, the 4-year-old Bernardini filly became his first winner when she captured an allowance race by five lengths. On Friday, she will be VanMeter’s first starter in a stakes and first starter at Keeneland when she breaks from post three in the $100,000 Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare (G3) with Rosie Napravnik.

Barn Notes -- Wednesday, April 16

UNDEFEATED DIVINE OATH FACES 10 RIVALS IN STAKES DEBUT IN COOLMORE LEXINGTON

Let’s Go Stable’s undefeated Divine Oath, who did not draw into last Saturday’s Toyota Blue Grass (G1) field off the also-eligible list, will face 10 rivals this Saturday when he makes his stakes debut in the 33rd running of the $200,000 Coolmore Lexington (G3) at 1 1/16 miles on the main track.

Keeneland Barn Notes for Tuesday, April 15

TWO-TIME KEENELAND GRADE 1 WINNER EMOLLIENT HEADS FIELD FOR HILLIARD LYONS DOUBLEDOGDARE

Juddmonte Farms’ Emollient, a three-time Grade 1 winner in 2013, headlines a field of 11 fillies and mares entered Tuesday for Friday’s 20th running of the $100,000 Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare (G3) at 1 1/16 miles on the main track.

The Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare will go as the ninth race on Friday’s 10-race program with a 5:13 p.m. ET post time.

Favored Ready to Act Triumphs in Beaumont Presented by Keeneland Select

LEXINGTON, KY (April 13, 2014) – Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence’s Ready to Act, last in the early going in the field of seven, took command in upper stretch and held off Sweet Whiskey by a half-length to win the 29th running of the $200,000 Beaumont (G2) Presented by Keeneland Select. The race for 3-year-old fillies was run before a crowd of 20,741, the second-largest Sunday crowd in track history.

Favored Ready to Act Triumphs in Beaumont Presented by Keeneland Select

LEXINGTON, KY (April 13, 2014) – Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence’s Ready to Act, last in the early going in the field of seven, took command in upper stretch and held off Sweet Whiskey by a half-length to win the 29th running of the $200,000 Beaumont (G2) Presented by Keeneland Select. The race for 3-year-old fillies was run before a crowd of 20,741, the second-largest Sunday crowd in track history.

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