Lightly-regarded Lilacs and Lace shocked many in the crowd of 23,155 racing fans who turned out to watch the $400,000 Central Bank Ashland Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland April 9. The 48-1 longshot defeated Wyomia by a length while favored Kathmanblu finished third at the Central Kentucky track.
According to Lilacs and Lace’s rider, Javier Castellano, it couldn’t have gone much better for his mount in the 1 1/16-mile event for 3-year-old fillies.
“We talked about it before the race that if she broke well, take it from there,” he said. “It worked out great. She broke sharp today; I go from there. She had a perfect trip, a beautiful trip. She enjoyed going to the lead.”