BEAUMONT STAKES (Grade 2)
Keeneland, Polytrack, 7 Furflongs
13 April 2014
Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence’sReady To Act (USA) (More Than Ready) overcame an erratic stretch run to win Sunday’s GII Beaumont Stakes at Keeneland.
Outfooted in the early going, the grey filly trailed the field of seven down the backstretch as Richies Party Girl (USA) (Any Given Saturday) took the field through fractions of :23.41 and :47.47. The 9-5 favorite bounded into contention while racing five wide on the turn and was in front with a furlong to run, but began lugging in significantly.
Under an energetic Javier Castellano and with her head turned to the outside, she began inching clear late to best Sweet Whiskey (USA) (Old Fashioned) by a half length, with Katie’s Eyes (USA) (Leroidesanimaux) 3/4 lengths back in third.
“Javier did a great job once again keeping her straight,” said winning trainer Chad Brown. “As you can see, she’s a work in progress. We still have some things to work out with her, but if we do get her running straight down the lane, she’s probably going to gain a few lengths.”
Extracts from Thoroughbred Daily News