FRANKLIN, KY – LNJ Foxwoods’ Lighthouse kicked clear at the top of the stretch and had more than enough left late to hold off all comers and win Tuesday’s $400,000 Music City Stakes at Kentucky Downs.

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Lighthouse broke from post 9 under Umberto Rispoli at 11/1 odds and sat a stalking trip alongside Bredenbury. Up front, Evil Lyn set the pace through opening fractions of :21.87 and :45.27.

Responding alertly when asked, Lighthouse took the lead and began to pull away from the field. Miss J McKay rallied steadily but could not come closer than 1 1/2 lengths, Lighthouse’s advantage as she crossed the wire first.

The Simon Callaghan trainee completed the 6 1/2-furlong sprint for 3-year-old fillies over the good turf in 1:14.99.

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“We were surprised because there wasn’t much speed in the race,” Rispoli said. “When I looked around and nobody wants to go, I say, ‘Well, I’ll take it.’ I knew she was good enough to win from the front… I decided to run away, and she ran very good to the line, so I’m very pleased and happy with her.”

Miss J McKay was 1 1/4 lengths past the even-money favorite Kimari, while Outburst necked out Lucrezia for fourth.

Bredenbury, She’s My Type, Evil Lyn, Enola GayShe’s So Special, and Finite completed the order of finish.

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Lighthouse’s win followed a neck defeat against older females in the Daisycutter Handicap last time out and improved her lifetime record to 7-3-2-1. The Mizzen Mast filly, purchased for $375,000 as an unraced juvenile, has now earned $335,171.

“She’s been incredibly consistent,” Callaghan said. “I’ve been on a really progressive path, and I think her best race of her lifetime was against older fillies. I think that’s when she really showed she’s really improving. We felt it warranted the trip. We thought it’s good timing, it’s a big pot, and makes sense. It was great that she got the win.”

Lighthouse returned $24 to win, $10.40 to place, and $6.80 to show. Miss J McKay brought back $10 to place and $5.60 to show, while Kimari paid $3.20 to show.