King 9 Stables LLC, Gatewood Bell, Bret Jones and trainer Wesley Ward’s Gypsy Robin made an impressive return to the races by romping to a three-length victory in the 27th running of the $150,000 Beaumont (G2) for 3-year-old fillies before a sun-splashed crowd of 19,371 on Sunday at Keeneland.
by Jeffrey Sanchez, Gypsy Robin broke on top in the field of six,
repulsed a modest challenge at the head of the stretch from favored Sacristy and Livi Makenzie and then cruised home in 1:28.46 over the Beard Course of seven furlongs, 184 feet.
Robin, a $27,000 Keeneland September Yearling Sale purchase of 2010,
led the field through fractions of :24.15 for the first quarter-mile and
:49.10 for the half and had plenty left to give Sanchez his first
Keeneland stakes victory and Ward his third.
Kentucky-bred daughter of Daaher out of the Indian Charlie mare Feisty
Princess, Gypsy Robin broke her maiden at first asking here last spring
with a 7½-length victory and closed 2011 with a victory in the Sorority
at Monmouth Park. Sunday’s victory was worth $90,000 and increased Gypsy
Robin’s bankroll to $185,000 with a record of 5-3-0-0.
Robin returned $6.60, $3.40, $2.60. Sacristy, ridden by Julien
Leparoux, returned $2.80 and $2.20 and finished 2¾ lengths in front of
Livi Makenzie, who paid $2.80 to show under Greta Kuntzweiler. It was 3¾
lengths back to Milania, who was followed in order by Piskacha and Born Bullish.
to Trakus, which records individual sectional times and distance
covered for races at Keeneland, Gypsy Robin was the only filly in the
race to reach a peak speed of 40 miles per hour.