LEXINGTON, KY (April 17, 2014) – Sagamore Farm’s homebred Daring Dancer remained undefeated in three starts as she rallied for a 2½- length victory over Sweet Acclaim (IRE) to win the 26th running of the $100,000 Appalachian (G3) Presented by Japan Racing Association for 3-year-old fillies before a Thursday afternoon crowd of 11,442.
Trained by Graham Motion and given a ground-saving trip by Alan Garcia, Daring Dancer covered the mile on a turf course listed as firm in 1:36.04.
The victory was the third of the day for Motion, who won this race in 2010 with Check the Label.
Lacarolina (FR) led the field of nine through opening fractions of :23.44 and :47.61 while being closely pursued by Kitten Kaboodle and Zinzay. Garcia had Daring Dancer in fifth and next to the rail while waiting until the head of the stretch, where she was able to split rivals and kick clear.
Daring Dancer is a Maryland-bred daughter of Empire Maker out of the Red Ransom mare Vienna Affair (GB) who now has earned $104,580. The Appalachian marked her 2014 debut.
Daring Dancer returned $12.60, $6.40 and $4.40. Sweet Acclaim, ridden by Rosie Napravnik, returned $9.80 and $5.40 in finishing 1¾ lengths in front of favored Recepta, who paid $3 to show under Joel Rosario.
It was 3½ lengths farther back to Kitten Kaboodle, who was followed in order by Annulment, Lacarolina, Zinzay, False Clock and Babe’s Ruler.
Racing continues Friday with a 10-race program beginning at 1:05 p.m. ET with the day’s feature being the $100,000 Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare (G3) for fillies and mares going
1 1/16 miles on the main track. Post time for the Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare, which goes as the ninth race, is 5:13 p.m.