Flaxman Holdings Ltd.’s Pachattack, under Rajiv Maragh, outdueled a game pace-setting Kathmanblu by a neck to win the 18th
running of the $100,000 Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare (G3) for fillies
and mares before a crowd of 19,480 at Keeneland on Friday.
Leparoux rode six winners on the 10-race program, matching a feat
achieved only twice before in track history. The 28-year-old Leparoux,
who had eight mounts Friday, equaled the record established by Randy
Romero and Craig Perret during the 1990 spring meet.
was a great day,” Leparoux said. “Coming into today I knew I had a
shot, but you still have to win them. I have had a lot of favorites
(previously) but did not win on them.
was really thinking I could get (the record and the win in the Hilliard
Lyons Doubledogdare),” he said. “She (Kathmanblu) was relaxed. When I
could see who was outside of me I knew it was Rajiv (Maragh) so I knew
it was going to be a fight to the finish. She ran good for her first
put Kathmanblu on the lead in the 1 1/16-mile race and opened a
daylight advantage going into the first turn. Entering the backstretch,
Maragh moved Pachattack into second and tracked Kathmanblu to the far
turn where she closed in on Kathmanblu.
gained a narrow advantage at the head of the stretch and barely
prevailed in the drive to the wire. Pachattack, making her first start
since running third in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic (G1) in
November, covered the distance on the main track in 1:43.75.
trained by Graham Motion, Pachattack earned $60,000 for the victory and
boosted her bankroll to $786,893 with a record of 27-6-5-4. Pachattack
is a 6-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Pulpit out of the Red Ransom
mare El Laoob.
Pachattack returned $3.40, $2.40 and $2.10. Kathmanblu paid $4.40 and $2.60 in finishing 2½ lengths in front of La Gran Bailadora, who returned $2.40 to show under Corey Lanerie. It was 6½ lengths back to Sea Level Drive, who was followed in order by My Pal Chrisy and Lunar Mist.
Leparoux won the opener on Rhonin Victoria ($5.80), the second on Love Reigns ($7.20), the fourth on Rally Point ($7.40), the fifth on Sum of the Parts ($4.60), the seventh on Julie’s Love (GB) ($4) and the eighth on Into the Fray ($8). Leparoux also finished fourth in third race on Pisgah Station.