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Free as a Bird Flies Home First in Buffalo Trace Franklin County

LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 10, 2014) – Elizabeth Valando’s Free as a Bird rocketed past pace-setting Richies Sweetheart at the sixteenth pole and held off a late bid from favored Ageless to win the 18th running of the $100,000 Buffalo Trace Franklin County for fillies and mares by 1½ lengths before a Friday afternoon crowd of 14,895 on College Scholarship Day.

Quotes from the $100,000 Buffalo Trace Franklin County (L)

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Ian Wilkes (winning trainer of Free as a Bird)

On the key to the filly’s five-race winning streak

“I shortened her up. I tried to make her go longer. She was just a little too rank when I ran her longer. I shortened her up from anywhere from five to seven furlongs, and she’s consistent. She’s very versatile. She can be close. She can be back out of it.”

 

Queen’s Award Pulls Off $63.80 Shocker to Win Buffalo Trace Franklin County

LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 11, 2013) –  Coudelaria Jessica Inc.’s Queen’s Award collared defending champion Madame Giry in deep stretch to win the 17th running of the $100,000 Buffalo Trace Franklin County by a half-length before 22,807 fans, which marked a record attendance for a Friday during a Keeneland fall meet.

The previous attendance mark for a Friday during the fall meet was 22,052 on Oct. 10, 2008.

$100,000 Buffalo Trace Franklin County (L) - Quotes

Eduardo Caramori (winning trainer of Queen’s Award)

“We knew she was running at the end, but we didn’t know if she’d be in time to catch (the leader). We got lucky today.”

 

On whether he was concerned when she was far back early in the race

Madame Giry Cruises to Victory in Buffalo Trace Franklin County

LEXINGTON, KY (October 12, 2012) –  Nutmeg Stable’s Madame Giry rushed past Bounding Bi at the eighth pole and drew off to a 2 ½-length victory in the 16th running of the $100,000 Buffalo Trace Franklin County for fillies and mares before a crowd of 19,052 on Friday afternoon at Keeneland.

The victory was the fifth straight for Madame Giry, all under jockey Eddie Castro, and gave trainer Cam Gambolati his first victory at Keeneland. Madame Giry covered the 5 ½ furlongs on a firm turf course in 1:03.12.

Quotes - $100,000 Buffalo Trace Franklin County (L)

Cam Gambolati (winning trainer of Madame Giry)

On scoring his first victory at Keeneland

“I don’t think I’ve run (but) five or six times here. It (the race) just fit in. These kind of races are hard to find. The timing was good. A couple of people tried to talk me into running in the (Grade 2 Lexus) Raven Run (a 1 1/16-mile race on turf on October 19), which I think she would handle. But you know what, you win four in a row on the turf and it’s hard to change. We proved it today.”

 

 

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