FRANKLIN, KY – Stuart Janney’s homebred My Impression used a late four-wide surge to to overcome traffic problems and charge home the winner in Wednesday’s $150,000 One Dreamer Stakes at Kentucky Downs.
The 4-year-old filly sat patiently in midpack while tucked behind Charlotte Marie, who led the field through much of the race. Rounding off the turn, My Impression looked to be stuck when the leader began to fade in front of her. Jockey Tyler Gaffalione steered her to the outside of the trio ahead of them, and with nothing but green grass in front, My Impression kicked away clear to win by a 1 1/2 lengths.
Rattataptap held onto second after challenging Boreale in deep stretch once Charlotte Marie faded. Mo Knows closed for fourth, with Bonnie Arch, Flying Tipat, Bootsy’s Girl, and Charlotte Marie completing the order of finish. America Mon Amie, Celestial Insight, Daddy’s Boo, Frozen Hannah, Zipessa, Majestic Angel, Skyluck, and Miner’s Cat were all scratched.
The Shug McGaughey-trained daughter of Sky Mesa enjoyed the class relief after previously finishing sixth in the Grade 1 Diana at Saratoga. The win improved her record to 15-6-2-1 with career earnings of $429,315.
The win was Gaffalione’s maiden-breaker at Kentucky Downs after arriving to race here for the first time in his young career. Winning a $150,000 stakes race isn’t the worst way to break through.
“It’s been a great experience,” Gaffalione said. “I love it here. It’s so unique.”
My Impression returned $3.80 to win, $2.60 to place, and $2.10 to show. Rattataptap brought back $4.80 to place and $3.20 to show, while Boreale paid $2.40 to show.