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LEXINGTON, KY (April 27, 2017) – Leading from the start, Shadwell Stable’s Mutazen pulled away from his rivals down the stretch to score a 3½-length win in the $72,000 Wild Air Purse for 4-year-olds and up before a Thursday afternoon crowd of 10,171. (Click here for a video of the race.)
Mutazen, a 5-year-old gelding by Candy Ride (ARG) ridden by Jose Lezcano for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, covered the 1 1/8 miles on a firm turf course in 1:51.15. The victory marked Lezcano’s second win of the day.
Out of the Mr. Greeley mare Wynyard, Mutazen earned $43,200 for the win, increasing his career bankroll to $72,383. He has won two races from 10 starts.
Mutazen, the 2-1 favorite in the field of 10, paid $6, $3.40 and 2.80. Finishing second was Nessy, who returned $3.60 and $2.60 with Brian Hernandez Jr. aboard. Javier Castellano was third onSouthern Wild, who paid $3.60.
Bred in Kentucky by Liberty Road Stables, Mutazen was purchased by Shadwell for $500,000 at Keeneland’s 2013 September Yearling Sale. Unraced at two, he made the first six starts of his career in Ireland before coming to North America. Mutazen made three starts at Gulfstream Park, where he broke his maiden on Feb. 2.
Friday marks the final day of Keeneland’s 15-day Spring Meet with a first post of 1:05 p.m. ET. The ninth race is the 56th running of the $150,000 Bewitch (G3) for fillies and mares racing 1½ miles on the turf course. Post time for the Bewitch is 5:30 p.m.