LEXINGTON, KY (April 12, 2017) – Thursday’s Appalachian (G3) Presented by Japan Racing Association marks the 2017 debut of Five Racing Thoroughbreds’ New Money Honey, a daughter of Medaglia d’Oro who won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) in November.
“I’ve had a lot of luck (in the Appalachian),” trainer Chad Brown said. “I think it’s a good race to get her started.”
Brown has two wins in the Appalachian with Dayatthespa in 2012 and Lady Eli in 2015. In 2012, Dayatthespa returned to Keeneland’s Fall Meet and won the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1). In consecutive races in 2014, she captured the First Lady (G1) at Keeneland and the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1) at Santa Anita, and received the Eclipse Award as the year’s champion female turf runner.
Lady Eli, who won the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita, made her 3-year-old debut in the Appalachian. On Saturday, Lady Eli will make her first start of 2017 in Keeneland’s Jenny Wiley (G1).
Before shipping to Keeneland, New Money Honey was at Palm Meadows in South Florida, where on April 1 she turned in her final serious work for the Appalachian: five furlongs on firm turf in 1:00.50. On Saturday at Keeneland, she worked four furlongs in :50.20 on a fast dirt track for what Brown called “a little maintenance breeze.”
In the Appalachian, New Money Honey’s rivals include three fillies who ran behind her in the Breeders’ Cup: runner-up Coasted, fourth-place finisher Lull and sixth-place finisher La Coronel. The field of 12 includes four fillies exiting stakes wins: Herecomesthebride (G3) winner Dream Dancing, Ginger Brew winner Bellavais, Melody of Colors winner Morticia and Bourbonette Oaks (G3) winner Purely a Dream.
‘She’s coming into the race terrific,” trainer Chad Brown said about New Money Honey, a graduate of Keeneland’s 2015 September Yearling Sale. “We’re excited to get the year started. (The Appalachian has a) tough field. She’s going to have to come with a good race right off the layoff, but she’s training real well.”
Javier Castellano, who has ridden New Money Honey in all her races, including a win in the Miss Grillo (G3) at Belmont Park, will be aboard in the Appalachian and will break from post four. She is the 7-2 co-favorite in the morning line with La Coronel, who defeated her in her career debut in September.