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Ashland Winners Exit Race in Good Order

Rosalind and Room Service, who provided the first dead heat in a Grade 1 race in Keeneland history on Saturday in the $500,000 Central Bank Ashland, emerged from the race in good order, according to trainers Ken McPeek and Wayne Catalano, respectively.

The two fillies finished seven lengths in front of third-place finisher Thank You Marylou.

“I thought we had won it,” McPeek said of Rosalind. “That’s the third dead heat I’ve had in stakes and I don’t think I’ve had three other dead heats in my life.”

McPeek’s Golden Ticket shared the 2012 Travers (G1) and in the 2002 Louisville Handicap (G3) at Churchill Downs, his Pisces finished in a dead heat for second but wound up sharing the win when the first horse under the wire was disqualified.

Saturday’s victory secured Rosalind a spot in the starting gate for the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) on May 2 at Churchill Downs, where she finished third in last September’s Pocahontas (G2).

McPeek said Rosalind would remain at Keeneland for a couple weeks before going to Louisville.

Catalano said that Room Service also would remain here for a while.

“We will let her catch her breath and then go over,” Catalano said. “Before we came here, (co-owner) Mr. (Gary) West said to see how she trains here and if she does OK, go to the Ashland. It is the same thing here; we will go to Churchill Downs and see how she handles the dirt and make a decision (about the Oaks).”

 

DEAD-HEAT FINISH MAKES KEENELAND HISTORY

When Room Service and Rosalind couldn’t be separated at the finish of Saturday’s Central Bank Ashland (G1), the fillies produced the first dead heat in a Grade 1 race at Keeneland. The Central Bank Ashland is the fifth stakes in recent history to result in a dead heat for the win.

Keeneland stakes that ended in a dead heat for the win

Horses

2014 Central Bank Ashland (G1)

Room Service and Rosalind

2001 Valley View (G3)

Chausson Poire and Cozzy Corner

1997 Beaumont (G2)

Make Haste and Screamer

1992 Ben Ali (G3)

Loach and Profit Key

1983 Fayette (G3)

Cad and Frost King

 

 

 

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