LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 5, 2012) – John Oxley’s Spring in the Air rallied from far off the pace to win the 61st running of the $400,000 Darley Alcibiades (G1) for 2-year-old fillies by a length over Broken Spell before a sun-splashed Fall Meet opening-day crowd of 18,417.
In the race preceding the Darley Alcibiades, Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence’s Sum of the Parts led all the way to win the 160th running of the $175,000 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G3) by 1¼ lengths over Noble’s Promise.
Both Spring in the Air and Sum of the Parts earned berths to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships scheduled for November 2-3 at Santa Anita. Spring in the Air’s victory secured her a spot in the $2 million Grey Goose Juvenile Fillies (G1) on November 2 with Sum of the Parts gaining a spot in the $1.5 million Xpressbet Sprint (G1) on November 3.
Spring in the Air, a Canadian-bred daughter of Spring At Last out of the Unbridled mare Unbridled Run, gave trainer Mark Casse and jockey Patrick Husbands their first Keeneland stakes victory.
La Song led the field of 14 through fractions of :22.98 and :47.13 with token pressure applied by Speedinthruthecity. La Song held the lead through the far turn only to be passed by Magical Moon as the field hit the top of the stretch.
Under Rosie Napravnik, Magical Moon opened a daylight advantage only to have Spring in the Air surge past inside the sixteenth pole and draw off. Broken Spell, ridden by Rajiv Maragh, rallied late to finish second, two lengths in front of Magical Moon.
Spring in the Air, who completed the 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.33, returned mutuels of $10.60, $6 and $3.60. Broken Spell paid $17 and $10.40 with Magical Moon returning $4.80 to show.
Tara From the Cape finished a length back in fourth and was followed in order by Fully Living, Almost an Angel, Gold Edge, La Song, Pure Indy, Dancinginthecircle, Kitten’s Dumplings, Rose to Gold, Skyfall and Speedinthruthecity.
The Darley Alcibiades victory was worth $240,000 and increased Spring in the Air’s bankroll to $371,519 with a record of 4-2-2-0.
In the Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix, jockey Julien Leparoux sent Sum of the Parts to the lead out of the gate, leading the field of 10 through fractions of :22.75 and :46.04 with favored Doctor Chit in closest pursuit.
At the head of the stretch, Sum of the Parts shook clear of Doctor Chit and never was threatened in completing the six furlongs over the Polytrack in 1:09.88.
The stakes victory was the 30th at Keeneland for Leparoux and the eighth for trainer Tom Amoss. It was the first Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix victory for both.
The victory was worth $105,000 and increased Sum of the Parts’ earnings to $501,463 with a record of 10-5-2-0. Sum of the Parts is a 3-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Speightstown out of the Slew’s Royalty mare Enjoy the Moment.
Sum of the Parts returned $11.80, $6.20 and $4.80. Noble’s Promise, ridden by David Cohen, paid $8.20 and $6 with Laurie’s Rocket, ridden by Rajiv Maragh, finishing a head back in third and paying $8.40 to show.
It was 1½ lengths back to Aikenite in fourth with Doctor Chit, Will’s Wildcat, Lonesome Street, Cajun Breeze, Hamiltonian and Night Party completing the field in order.
Five graded stakes, headed by the $750,000 Shadwell Turf Mile (G1), are scheduled for Saturday’s program, a 10-race card that begins at 1:05 p.m. (ET). In addition to the Shadwell Turf Mile, which features the Keeneland return of record-setting Ben Ali (G3) winner Wise Dan, two other Grade 1 races are scheduled: the $400,000 Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity for 2-year-olds going 1 1/16 miles on the main track and the $350,000 First Lady for fillies and mares going a mile on the turf.