LOUISVILLE, KY – John Oxley’s La Coronel surged past her stablemate Dream Dancing late to win the 33rd running of the Grade 3, $150,000 Edgewood presented by Forcht Bank for 3-year-old fillies.
Trained by Mark Casse and ridden by Florent Geroux, La Coronel covered the 1 1/16 miles on a “good” turf course in 1:45.56. La Coronel’s victory marked the second year in a row that Casse and Geroux won the Edgewood, having scored last year with Catch a Glimpse.
“I said at the wire, ‘Maybe I should have run just one,’” Casse said. “I was going to run La Coronel against colts (in Saturday’s American Turf), but she drew the bad post (#11). She ended up paying for it (drawing #12 for this race), but she was so good, she overcame it. I never intended to run her today, but today is a nice day.”
Stallion Heiress set the pace while Geroux kept La Coronel in mid-pack and in the clear outside of horses. Nearing the stretch, Sweeping Paddy took over and opened a daylight advantage, only to be collared at the 1/8 pole by Dream Dancing, who weaved her way through traffic under Julien Leparoux. Dream Dancing held the lead until La Coronel caught her inside the 1/16 pole and drew off to win by 1/2 a length.
“I was wide and the post (12) was a killer today,” Geroux said. “She overcame it, though. My filly showed a lot of fight. I saw Julien (Leparoux) get through on the inside and thought he might get away (on Dream Dancing), but my filly saw her and went for it.”
Sweeping Paddy held on for third. It was another 3/4 of a length back to Proctor’s Ledge, who was followed in order by Emphatically, Storm the Hill, India Mantuana, Journey Home, Purely a Dream, Stallion Heiress, Bernadiva, You Missed It, and Youngest Daughter.
The victory was worth $85,560 and increased La Coronel’s earnings to $345,175 with a record of 8-4-1-0 that now includes three graded stakes wins.
La Coronel returned $4, $4.40, and $3.60. Dream Dancing also returned $4, $4.40, and $3.60, while Sweeping Paddy paid $10.60 to show.
ADDITIONAL RACE QUOTES
Trainer Mark Casse, La Coronel and Dream Dancing – “We want to take (La Coronel) to Ascot, and I thought about trying her with a little give in the ground. She’s a very good horse.
“Dream Dancing ran great. Julien (Leparoux) last time said, ‘I’m going to beat her next time.’ I said, ‘I don’t know about that.’ She’s a very nice filly, too.
“We’re looking at the Belmont Oaks (on July 8). I just got to figure out how to get there. I think Dream Dancing will like 1 1/4 miles.”
Jockey Julien Leparoux, Dream Dancing – “She ran a big race. She just got beat. That’s it. I thought I could give the winner a run for her money, but it was not to be. My filly still ran well.”
Jockey Luis Saez, Sweeping Paddy – “My filly was trying very hard. She got beat, but she tried very hard.”
Trainer Dale Romans, Sweeping Paddy – “We ran well, they just ran us down.”