LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 6, 2013) – Juddmonte Farms’ Emollient, the lone 3-year-old filly in the field, delivered a last-to-first 1¼-length victory in the 58th running of the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1) for fillies and mares before a crowd of 9,034 on a rainy Sunday afternoon at Keeneland.
The victory earned Emollient a berth in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) to be run Nov. 1 at Santa Anita.
Trained by Bill Mott and ridden by Mike Smith, Emollient covered the 1 1/8 miles on the main track in 1:47.75. It marked the second Juddmonte Spinster victory for Mott, who won the 2009 race with Mushka and for Smith who won the 1995 edition of the race with Inside Information.
The victory was worth $300,000 and increased Emollient’s earnings to $958,900 with a record of 10-5-2-0.
Emollient, a homebred daughter of Empire Maker out of the Touch Gold mare Soothing Touch, became only the fourth 3-year-old to win the Central Bank Ashland (G1) in the spring and come back to win the Spinster in the fall. She joins Doubledogdare (1956), Optimistic Gal (1976) and Take Charge Lady (2002).
In her victory in the Central Bank Ashland, Emollient led gate to wire in a nine-length victory in her only other race on Polytrack. On Sunday, Emollient broke last in the field of 11 as Sisterly Love set the pace.
Sisterly Love led the field through fractions of :23.60 and :47.30 while Emollient raced at the back of the pack. Entering the far turn, Emollient began to pick off rivals and swung widest of all in a tightly bunched pack at the head of the stretch.
Emollient put away Sisterly Love at the eighth pole and repulsed a bid from Summer Applause to begin drawing away at the sixteenth pole.
Sent off as the favorite, Emollient returned $6.60, $4.20 and $4. Summer Applause, ridden by John Velazquez, returned $7.80 and $5.20 with Wine Princess finishing 3½ lengths back in third under Shaun Bridgmohan and paying $7.40 to show.
Sisterly Love finished a half-length back in fourth and was followed in order by Open Water, Byrama (GB), Hard Not to Like, Hard to Resist, Closing Range, Sisterhood and On Fire Baby.
In the race preceding the Juddmonte Spinster, Gary and Mary West’s Poker Player rallied late for a one-length victory in the 23rdrunning of the $150,000 Bourbon, a race that was taken off the turf and run at 1 1/16 miles on the main track.
Because of the surface switch, the race lost its designation as a “Win and You’re In” race for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1).
Trained by Wayne Catalano and ridden by Channing Hill, Poker Player covered the distance in 1:43.46 in the Bourbon. It marked the first Keeneland stakes victory for Hill.
Hill gave Poker Player a ground-saving trip near the back of the pack in the run down the backstretch as Solar Flair and Manaus dueled for the lead. Turning into the stretch, Bashart took over from the two leaders while Hill swung Poker Player six wide behind the leaders.
Poker Player breezed by Bashart in deep stretch to collect his second victory in three starts and improve his bankroll to $145,900 with Sunday’s $90,000 check.
A 2012 Keeneland November Sale graduate, Poker Player is a Kentucky-bred son of Harlan’s Holiday out of the Red Bullet mare Revel in the Win.
Poker Player returned $48.40, $15.40 and $9.40. Bashart, the second choice in the field of 13, returned $5.20 and $4.20 in finishing a nose in front of Bon Accord, who paid $10.60 to show under Eddie Castro.
All Cash finished three-quarters of a length back in fourth and was followed in order by Medal Count, favored Boji Moon, Culprit, School On a Hill, Oogeley Eye, Tiger Bourbon, Whyruawesome, Solar Flair and Manaus.
Racing at the 17-day fall meet resumes Wednesday with a nine-race program beginning at 1:05 p.m. (ET). Highlighting the card is the 23rd running of the $150,000 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G3) for 2-year-old fillies going 1 1/16 miles on the turf and a “Win and You’re In” race for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) to be run Nov. 1 at Santa Anita.