LEXINGTON, KY (April 17, 2013) – Scott Farmer and Kathy Thompson’s Ancil, coming off a 6½-month layoff, scored a front-running half-length victory in the $62,000 Blandford Purse for four-year-olds and up before a crowd of 9,141 on Wednesday afternoon.
Trained by Joan Scott and ridden by Julien Leparoux, Ancil covered the 5½ furlongs on a firm turf course in 1:03.50.
Unraced since a runner-up finish at Presque Isle Downs in late September, Ancil shot to the lead out of the gate, put away two challengers turning for home and had enough left to hold off Magical Season and Perregaux.
Ancil is a four-year-old Kentucky-bred son of City Zip out of the With Approval mare Le Grand Belle. The victory improved Ancil’s record to 13-3-3-2 with earnings of $134,800 that include Wednesday’s check of $37,200.
Ancil returned $19.40, $7 and $3.60. Magical Season, ridden by Rosie Napravnik, returned $3.40 and $2.40 with favored Perregaux rallying late for third another three-quarters of a length back to pay $2.60 to show under Joel Rosario.
Racing continues Thursday with a nine-race program highlighted by the 25th running of the $100,000 Appalachian Stakes Presented by the Japan Racing Association (G3) for three-year-old fillies going a mile on the turf. First post time is 1:05 p.m. (ET) with the Appalachian going as the eighth race with a 4:42 p.m. post time.