Lofty Heart Cruises to Victory in Donamire Purse at Keeneland

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LEXINGTON, KY (April 9, 2014 Susan and Jim Hill’s Lofty Heart roared past entrymate Sky Over Flats in deep stretch to post a two-length victory in the featured $60,000 Donamire Purse for 4-year-olds and up before a crowd of 7,889 on Wednesday afternoon at Keeneland. (Click here for a video.)

Trained by George Weaver and ridden by apprentice Dylan Davis, Lofty Heart covered the 6½ furlongs on the main track in 1:16.49.

Lofty Heart is a 5-year-old Kentucky-bred gelded son of Lion Heart out of the Meadowlake mare Meadow Oaks. The victory was the second straight for Lofty Heart, who increased his career earnings to $52,319 with Wednesday’s $31,800 check.

Lofty Heart and Sky Over Flats, ridden by Javier Castellano, returned mutuels of $8, $10.20 and $7.40. Pacesetting longshot Stevis Man finished third, another 1¾ lengths back under Jeremy Rose and paid $22.40 to show.

Racing continues Thursday with a nine-race program that begins at 1:05 p.m. ET.

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