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LEXINGTON, KY – LNJ Foxwoods’ Fancy Dress Party took command out of the gate and never relinquished it en route to wiring Sunday’s Beaumont Stakes (G3) Presented by Keeneland Select at Keeneland.
Breaking briskly from post 5 under Luis Saez at 5/2 odds, Fancy Dress Party quickly took command and crossed over before posting opening fractions of :22.57 and :45.55. Still in hand at the top of the stretch, Fancy Dress Party waited until she hit the 1/4 pole before moving. Despite a tough bid from Mother Mother along the rail in midstretch, Fancy Dress Party would not be deterred.
The Ben Colebrook trainee dug in a held on to win by a head in a final time of 1:28.18 for the 7-furlong sprint over the sloppy (sealed) main track.
“I thought number two (Mother Mother) was the speed, but (Fancy Dress Party) broke so clean and so well, we stayed there (on the lead) and we took it,” Saez said. “She was very comfortable. I felt like I had a lot of horse, and when we got to the stretch, she just kept going.”
Despite being outfinished for the win, Mother Mother was 1 1/4 lengths ahead of Feedback, the 4/5 favorite who scratched out of Saturday’s Ashland Stakes (G1) in order to run here. The final two runners were well out of the racing action, with Another Time and Iva completing the order of finish.
Power Gal, Queen of Beas, and Shanghai Rain all scratched.
The Beaumont is part of the Road to the 2019 Kentucky Oaks prep race season. Fancy Dress Party earned 10 points for the win, with Mother Mother receiving 4 for second, Feedback 2 for third, and Another Time 1 for fourth.
Fancy Dress Party’s win kept her perfect record intact, having broken her maiden here on October 26 before winning an allowance event at Churchill Downs on November 24 and then the Glitter Woman Stakes at Gulfstream Park. The 3-year-old daughter of Munnings has now earned $222,405 in her career.
“I could see (my filly getting the early lead), but the horses you expected to be the speed didn’t really break well and looked like they might have been fighting the race track,” Colebrook said. “(Fancy Dress Party) was going so smooth and within herself that I was happy we were on the lead. Credit to Luis for going with Plan B. I think if he takes her back, we don’t win the race. It was an amazing ride.”
Fancy Dress Party returned $7.40 to win, $3.20 to place, and $2.20 to show. Mother Mother brought back $3.20 to place and $2.20 to show, while Feedback paid $2.20 to show.
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