LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 15) – Jack Swain III’s homebred Miss Ella was relaxing in her Keeneland barn on Saturday morning after winning Friday’s Buffalo Trace Franklin County (G3). Plans for her next start are undecided.
“She ran a great race,” trainer Graham Motion’s assistant Alice Clapham said. “She tried her heart out; she always tries really hard.”
In Friday’s race, Miss Ella held off a strong challenge from favored Fair Point to win by a neck. The victory was her fifth in 13 starts and her first on turf.
Now her schedule could mimic her 2015 campaign in which she was given a vacation after running in the Lexus Raven Run (G2) during last autumn’s Keeneland meet. She opened her 4-year-old season at Keeneland this past April.
“We haven’t made any firm plans for her next start,” Clapham said. “There are no races right around the corner for her so she might get the winter off again. Graham will discuss that with Mr. Swain.”
Stuart Janney III’s Fair Point came out of the race in good order, according to Reeve McGaughey, assistant to father Shug McGaughey.
“She will go back to New York Sunday and we will find something for her,” McGaughey said.
Third-place finisher Smoke Signals, owned by Waterville Lake Stable, also was doing well Saturday morning, said trainer Arnaud Delacour.
“That was a little surprising,” Delacour said of the filly’s 58-1 odds in the race, the second-longest price on the board. “I have only had her for three races and we discovered that she is a better closer than front-runner. We didn’t know that in her first start as we were just getting to know her.”
Delacour also said that Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G2) winner A. P. Indian was doing well at his home base at Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland after shipping back there following his victory here Oct. 7.
“He will have two works there and leave for California the Tuesday of Breeders’ Cup week (Nov. 1),” Delacour said of the Green Lantern Stables runner who figures to be one of the favorites for the $1.5 million TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) on Nov. 5.