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Don’t Tell Sophia Pulls Upset in Juddmonte Spinster; Lawn Ranger Takes Dixiana Bourbon

LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 5, 2014) – Trainer Phil Sims and Jerry Namy’s Don’t Tell Sophia rallied from far back to win the 59th running of the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1) for fillies and mares by 2½  lengths over Ria Antonia with 1-5 favorite Close Hatches finishing fourth before a Sunday crowd of 12,534.

The victory earned Don’t Tell Sophia a spot in the starting gate for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) to be run Oct. 31 at Santa Anita.

Quotes from the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1)

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Phil Sims (winning trainer and co-owner of Don’t Tell Sophia)

“We knew she’d make a run at the three-eighths (pole) and just hoped she’d have enough to run them down. She did.”

“She’s tough as nails. She shows up every time. We’re so delighted with her.”


Quotes from the $250,000 Dixiana Bourbon (G3)

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Ken McPeek (winning trainer of Lawn Ranger)

“I felt like he needed to go to another level. His race at Kentucky Downs (a 3¾-length maiden victory Sept. 13) was a pleasant surprise. He seems like a horse that’s maturing, and I think he’s gonna be even better as a 3-year-old. Our fingers are crossed that will happen.

Wise Dan Overcomes Bad Start to Take $1 Million Shadwell Turf Mile

LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 4, 2014) Morton Fink’s reigning two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan overcame a bad start, weaved his way through traffic and rolled past the leaders in deep stretch to win the 29th running of the $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) – the first seven-figure race in track history – by a length before a crowd of 25,070 on a crisp Saturday afternoon.

Quotes from the $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile (G1)

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Charlie LoPresti (winning trainer of Wise Dan)

Quotes from the $500,000 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1)

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Elliott Walden (President/CEO and Racing Manager of WinStar Farm, which owns Carpe Diem with Stonestreet Stables)

Quotes from the $400,000 First Lady (G1)

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John Velazquez (winning rider of Dayatthespa)

Quotes from the $200,000 Thoroughbred Club of America (G2)

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Josie Carroll (winning trainer of Leigh Court)

On returning Leigh Court to a race on the dirt
“(Breeder and owner Eugene) Melnyk was hoping for a horse for the Breeders’ Cup. We sat down and talked about it, and we thought this was the best direction to take to get there. It worked out just fine.”





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