Better Lucky and We Miss Artie secure Grade 1 victories; Judy the Beauty upsets Groupie Doll in TCA; Havelock rolls in Woodford
LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 5, 2013) -- Godolphin Racing’s Better Lucky outdueled favored Dayatthespa by a head to win the 16th running of the $400,000 First Lady (G1) for fillies and mares in a downpour.
Also collecting a Grade 1 victory Saturday was Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s We Miss Artie, who won the 100th running of the $400,000 Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity for 2-year-olds by 2¾ lengths over Smarty’s Echo.
We Miss Artie earned a berth to next month’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships as did Judy the Beauty, who won the 33rdrunning of the $200,000 Thoroughbred Club of America (G2) for fillies and mares by a length over Gypsy Robin with 1-2 favorite Groupie Doll finishing third.
In the first of five stakes on the Saturday program, Silverton Hill’s Havelock became the fourth two-time winner of the $150,000 Woodford Presented by Keeneland Select (G3) for older horses as he rallied from last in a field of 10 to win by two lengths over Expecting Cash.
Beginning shortly after 4 p.m. and continuing through the last four races of the 10-race card, more than 1½ inches of rain fell in the Lexington area. According to local weather reports, a total of 1.8 inches fell during the day, a record for Oct. 5.
Trained by Tom Albertrani and ridden by Julien Leparoux, Better Lucky ran the mile on a turf course that was rated as firm in 1:39.78. It marked the fourth First Lady victory for Leparoux, who also won with Gorella (FR) in 2006, Forever Together in 2008 and Never Retreat in 2011.
Daisy Devine set the pace and led the field of eight through fractions of :24.19, :48.60 and 1:14.21. Leparoux had Better Lucky in fourth in the early going tracking behind Dayatthespa.
Turning for home, Dayatthespa cut the corner under John Velazquez and moved to the inside of Daisy Devine while Leparoux moved three wide. Daisy Devine quickly yielded to her challengers, who battled to the wire with Better Lucky prevailing.
The victory in the First Lady was worth $240,000 and increased Better Lucky’s bankroll to $828,950 with a record of 13-5-2-4.
Better Lucky is a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Ghostzapper out of the Seeking the Gold mare Sahara Gold.
She returned $11.60, $5 and $3.40. Dayatthespa returned $4.20 and $3.20 with Daisy Devine finishing four lengths back and paying $3.40 to show under James Graham.
It was 7¼ lengths back to Miz Ida, who finished fourth and who was followed in order by Hungry Island, Say (IRE), Winding Way and Amazonas (IRE).
Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity
In the Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity, We Miss Artie covered the 1 1/16 miles on the fast main track in 1:46.91 to earn a spot in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1).
Trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by John Velazquez, We Miss Artie rallied from off the pace to take control in the upper stretch and draw off from Smarty’s Echo.
Solitary Ranger and General Jack led the field of 12 through fractions of :23.17, :46.84 and 1:11.94 as We Miss Artie raced near the back of the pack. Velazquez moved We Miss Artie off the inside approaching the far turn and swung eight wide entering the stretch where he quickly collared Smarty’s Echo.
The victory was worth $240,000 and increased We Miss Artie’s bankroll to $307,000 with a record of 4-2-1-0.
We Miss Artie is a Canadian-bred son of Artie Schiller out of the Fusaichi Pegasus mare Athena’s Gift and is a graduate of the 2012 Keeneland September Sale.
We Miss Artie returned $21.80, $10.80 and $7.20. Smarty’s Echo, ridden by E.T. Baird, returned $10.80 and $6.20 with Arctic Slope finishing two lengths back in third under Joe Rocco Jr., and paying $6.60 to show.
Rum Point was another two lengths back in fourth and was followed in order by Conquest Titan, Pontos, Ready for Action, Laddie Boy, Solitary Ranger, General Jack, Kendall’s Boy and Tiznowforamerica.
Thoroughbred Club of America
Owned and trained by Wesley Ward, Judy the Beauty sat off the early pace set by Gypsy Robin and just behind Groupie Doll in the TCA. Leaving the far turn, Groupie Doll moved three wide at Gypsy Robin and Livi Makenzie with Judy the Beauty right on her flank.
Judy the Beauty, ridden by John Velazquez, claimed a narrow lead at the eighth pole and outdueled Gypsy Robin and Groupie Doll to the wire, finishing the six furlongs in 1:09.23.
It was the second TCA victory as a trainer for Ward, who won the 2011 renewal with Holiday for Kitten.
A 2010 Keeneland September Sales graduate, Judy the Beauty is a 4-year-old Canadian-bred daughter of Ghostzapper out of the Holy Bull mare Holy Blitz. The victory was worth $120,000 and increased Judy the Beauty’s earnings to $585,757 with a record of 12-5-6-1. It was her first graded stakes victory.
Judy the Beauty returned $8.40, $4.40 and $2.10. Gypsy Robin, ridden by Garrett Gomez, returned $4.80 and $2.20 with Groupie Doll finishing three-quarters of a length back in third and paying $2.10 to show under Rajiv Maragh.
Purely Hot finished 2¾ lengths back in fourth and was followed in order by Tanglewood Tale and Livi Makenzie.
Woodford Presented by Keeneland Select
In the Woodford Presented by Keeneland Select, Havelock captured his third graded stakes at Keeneland by looping the field under Garrett Gomez. Last at the top of the stretch in the 5 ½-furlong dash, Gomez swung Havelock to the outside at the head of the stretch and cruised to victory.
In addition to his 2011 victory in the Woodford, Havelock won this spring’s Shakertown (G3) and joins Silver Timber (2010) as the only other horse to win the Shakertown and Woodford in the same year.
A 6-year-old Maryland-bred gelded son of Great Notion out of the Spectacular Love mare Piconeach (NZ), Havelock increased his career bankroll to $619,514 with Saturday’s $90,000 check.
Trained by Darrin Miller, Havelock covered the 5½ furlongs on a firm turf course in 1:03.17.
Havelock returned $10.60, $6.20 and $4.40. Expecting Cash, ridden by Eddie Castro, returned $23 and $9.80 with Spring to the Sky finishing a neck back in third and paying $5.20 to show under John Velazquez.
Stormofthecentury finished fourth and was followed in order by Global Power, Tour Guide, Console, Ancil, Pirates Vow and Great Mills.