Ball Dancing Draws Clear for Jenny Wiley Victory

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April 11, 2015 01:51pm

W.S. Farish and F. Steve Mooney’s Ball Dancing surged to the lead in the upper stretch and powered away to a 2 ½-length victory over Filimbi in the 27th running of the $300,000 Jenny Wiley (G1) for fillies and mares on Saturday before a record Coolmore Lexington Day crowd of 37,193.
 
The attendance was the third-largest in track history and shattered the year-old Coolmore Lexington Day mark of 34,933.
 
Trained by Chad Brown and ridden by Javier Castellano, Ball Dancing covered the 1 1/16 miles on a turf course rated as yielding in 1:43.08. It was the second consecutive victory in the race for Castellano, who won last year’s renewal on Hard Not to Like.
 
Eden Prairie led the field of six through early fractions of :23.97 and :48.48 with Hard Not to Like in closest pursuit. Castellano had Ball Dancing in the clear in the second flight with Filimbi right behind her.
 
Midway on the far turn, Hard Not to Like went after Eden Prairie but was quickly joined by Ball Dancing and Filimbi, who were moving three- and four-wide, respectively.

Ball Dancing took control quickly and steadily drew clear to get her first Grade 1 victory.
 
The victory was worth $180,000 and increased Ball Dancing’s earnings to $706,282 with a record of 9-4-3-0. A Keeneland sales graduate, the 4-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Exchange Rate out of the Silver Hawk mare Ball Gown began her career in France.
 
She won the Sands Point (G2) at Belmont Park in her U.S. debut in September 2014 and finished second in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) Presented by Lane’s End here in October.
 
Sent off as the favorite, Ball Dancing rewarded her backers with payoffs of $5.40, $2.80 and $2.20. Filimbi, ridden by Joel Rosario, returned $3.20 and $2.40 in finishing a neck in front of Hard Not to Like, who paid $2.40 to show under Irad Ortiz Jr.
 
It was three-quarters of a length back to Personal Diary, who was followed in order by Eden Prairie and Starstruck (IRE).
 
Racing continues Sunday with a nine-race program beginning at 1:05 p.m. ET. Highlighting the card are two graded stakes for 3-year-old fillies: the $250,000 Adena Springs Beaumont (G2) on the main track at the Beard Course distance of seven furlongs, 184 feet, and the $125,000 Appalachian (G3) Presented by Japan Racing Association at a mile on the turf.

Source: Keeneland Press Release

 

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