G. Watts Humphrey Jr.’s homebred Ice Cream Silence
held off a late charge from Sisterhood to win the 19th
running of the $100,000 Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare Stakes (G3) for
fillies and mares by a neck before a crowd of 11,897 on a brisk Friday
afternoon at Keeneland.
Trained by Rusty Arnold and ridden by Rosie Napravnik, Ice Cream Silence covered the1 1/16 miles on the main track in 1:44.66. It was the second victory
in the Doubledogdare for Arnold, who won the race in 1998 with Top
Ice Cream Silence is a four-year-old daughter of Street sense out of
the Seeking the Gold mare Double Scoop. The victory was worth $60,000
and improved Ice Cream Silence’s earnings to $211,460 with a record of
Napravnik put Ice Cream Silence on the lead out of the gate and led a
tight pack through fractions of :24.43, :49.20 and 1:13.91. Approaching
the top of the stretch, Lotta Lovin briefly put her head in front of
Ice Cream Silence only to have Ice Cream Silence kick clear again.
Sisterhood, under Joel Rosario, was forced to alter course around
Lotta Lovin entering the stretch and just failed to catch the winner.
She finished three lengths in front of Artemus Kitten.
Ice Cream Silence returned $19.80, $8 and $4.20. Sisterhood returned
$8.80 and $4.60 with Aertemus Kitten finishing third under Gary Stevens
and paying $4.20 to show.
Favored Mystical Star finished a head back in fourth and was followed in order by Lotta Lovin and Inglorious.
Earlier on the program, owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey sent out two
winners to boost their meet-leading total to a record-equaling 12 with
five days remaining in the meet that ends next Friday.
This is the fourth time since Keeneland opened in 1936 that an
ownership has had 12 winners at a meet. The Ramseys had 12 winners last
fall to equal the autumn mark established in 1968 by Mr. and Mrs. Robert
F. Roberts. Calumet Farm had 12 winners during the 1941 spring meet.