Juddmonte Farms’ favored Preferential
(GB) found room along the inside at midstretch to win the 22nd
running of the $125,000 Rood & Riddle Dowager for fillies and mares
by a half-length over Left a Message before a crowd of 15,635 on Sunday
afternoon at Keeneland.
Trained by Bill Mott and ridden by Leandro Goncalves, Preferential
raced just off the pace set by Cash for Clunkers while running closest
to the rail.
Approaching the end of the backstretch, Preferential was shuffled
back as the tempo quickened and a wave of runners went after the leader.
At the head of the stretch, Preferential tried to move inside Valiant
Girl (GB) but could not get through. That forced Goncalves to wait until
midstretch, where Preferential split a tiring Valiant Girl and Angel
Preferential disposed of Angel Terrace and then held off Left a
Message to cover the 1½ miles on a turf course labeled as firm in
A 4-year-old daughter of Dansili (GB) out of the Diesis (GB) mare
Jolie Etoile, Preferential earned $75,000 for the victory that hiked her
bankroll to $188,079 with a record of 14-4-2-1. It was the second
victory in the race for Mott, who saddled Briviesca (GB) to win the 2005
Preferential returned $8, $4.60 and $3.60. Left a Message, ridden by
Robby Albarado, returned $4.80 and $3.80 with Angel Terrace finishing
two lengths back in third under Rosie Napravnik and paying $4 to show.
Beijoca rallied to finish a head back in fourth and was followed in
order by Janicellaine (IRE), Sheppard’s Pie, Valiant Girl, Kissable
(IRE), I’m Your Luv and Cash for Clunkers.
In the ninth and final race on Sunday’s card, owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey earned a record 13th
victory of the fall meet when their homebred Captain Cook raced to
victory. Javier Castellano rode the 3-year-old Survivalist gelding, who
is trained by Wesley Ward.
Racing resumes Wednesday with a nine-race program beginning at 1:05 p.m. (ET).