LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 21) – The first time Elizabeth Voss started a horse at Keeneland the result was a heart-breaking defeat by a nose.
On Thursday, her fortunes changed as Merribelle Stable’s Renown (GB) took the Sycamore (G3) by a nose over Bigger Picture.
“I was here two years ago with Paris Vegas (for a one-mile turf allowance race) and lost the head bob,” Voss said. “This time we got it.”
The victory was the second for a Voss family member in the Sycamore as her late father, Tommy, won the race in 2008 with Always First (GB).
The Sycamore marked the first graded stakes victory for Renown, who began his career in Ireland. He came to the Voss barn in 2015 and after two off-the-board finishes at Delaware Park, he won back-to-back allowance races at Great Meadows in Virginia.
“That is where he finally started to win,” Voss said. “I am heading there Saturday where I have five horses in.”
Great Meadows is helping to fill the void in Virginia left by the closing of Colonial Downs and has a few select days of all flat racing to go with its steeplechase racing program.
In the Sycamore, Renown came from off the pace to join the leaders in the stretch before prevailing after a long drive.
“I wanted him to be up a little closer (early) and to stay off the rail,” Voss said. “After the first mile I was wondering what was going on, but (jockey) Angel (Cruz) knows him so well.”
While Voss headed back to Virginia, Renown traveled to nearby Versailles.
“The owner (John Moores) has a farm in Versailles and he’ll go there and be turned out with four buddies,” Voss said.