LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 23) – In Saturday’s Lexus Raven Run (G2), only one filly in the field of 12 had won a race at Keeneland.
That statistic remained unchanged as Up Hill Stable and Head of Plains Partners’ Lightstream added the Lexus Raven Run to her victory in the Adena Springs Beaumont (G3) from the Spring Meet.
“She is as happy as she can be this morning,” said Louis Rushlow, assistant to trainer Brian Lynch, of the filly, who has won four of six starts.
Lightstream did not ship into Keeneland until Wednesday.
“She just jogged a couple of days after she got here,” Rushlow said. “She did all of her major work at Belmont.”
Saturday’s victory most likely closed the 2016 campaign for Lightstream.
“The plan going in was to give her 60 days off after the race and then take her to Palm Meadows to get ready for her 4-year-old season,” Rushlow said.
Lightstream finished 1¼ lengths in front of Malibu Stacy, who went off at 40-1 for trainer George Weaver.
“She had been showing us all along that she would run like that,” said Austin Trites, who is overseeing Weaver’s Keeneland string. “Jose Ortiz worked her the first time in :59 and 2 and then Gabe (Saez) worked her last week in a minute and never moved a muscle. We knew that all systems were go.”
Owned by Jim and Susan Hill, Malibu Stacy was listed at 30-1 on the morning line, a number that surprised Trites.
“The line didn’t make sense because all of her dirt races this year were good,” Trites said of the filly, who was ninth in a turf stakes at Belmont prior to the Raven Run.
“Malibu Stacy is a full sister to Coasted, who probably will be in the Breeders’ Cup (Juvenile Fillies Turf-G1) and we couldn’t resist (trying her on the grass).”
Trites said Malibu Stacy would remain at Keeneland for a couple of days with plans after that undetermined.
“It will be up to Jim Hill, and he likes to give his horses the winter off,” Trites said.
Completing the Lexus Raven Run trifecta was 34-1 shot Coniah, owned by breeders James and Tammy McKenney.
“We were very delighted with her,” said Steven Hampson, assistant to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. “That was the best race of her life and hopefully she can build off that.”
Hampson said the filly would remain here until the end of the week when the McLaughlin string ships to New York and Florida.
“Kiaran will talk with the owners and she may go back to California for the La Brea (G1) the day after Christmas,” Hampson said. “That’s the last chance to run against strictly 3-year-olds.”