LEXINGTON, KY (April 23, 2014) – The Keeneland Spring Meet’s leading jockey, Julien Leparoux, scored his 18th victory of the season when he rode Lally Stable’s Pink Nightie to win the $60,000 Lochness Purse before 12,164 fans at Keeneland this afternoon.
Trained by Eddie Kenneally, Pink Nightie was the 7-2 second choice for the 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up, on a turf course rated as firm. She won by 2¼ lengths over Indian Starlight and covered the distance in 1:44.52.
Pink Nightie, a 4-year-old filly by Giant’s Causeway out of the Forty Niner mare Sultry Allure, was bred in Florida by Dr. Robert H. Hathaway. A half-sister to Grade 1 winner Mass Media and from the family of Grade 1-winning millionaires Sultry Song and Solar Splendor, she was sold to Lally Stable for $235,000 at Keeneland’s 2011 September Yearling Sale.
Pink Nightie, who has won two races in four starts, increased her career earnings to $51,620 with the $31,800 she earned with today’s performance.
The winner paid $9.60, $4.60 and $3.40. Indian Starlight, ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan, returned $5 and $3.20 to place. Chat was a neck behind in third and paid $3.20 to show with Rosie Napravnik aboard.
Racing resumes Thursday with a nine-race program beginning at 1:05 p.m. ET. The featured eighth race is the 53rd running of the $150,000 Bewitch (G3) for fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up, at 1½ miles on turf. Post time for the Bewitch is 4:42 p.m.
Friday is closing day of Keeneland’s 15-day Spring Meet.