In the Dixiana Bourbon, Flameaway
collared dueling early leaders Tigers Rule and Tap Daddy in the final jump to give trainer Mark Casse a record third consecutive win in the race and provide jockey Julien Leparoux with his fourth victory in the race.
Casse and Leparoux teamed with Oxley to win the 2015 running with Airoforce. Casse also won last year with Keep Quiet (FR), and Leparoux’s other winners were Rogue Romance (2010) and Balance the Books (2012).
Despite the Dixiana Bourbon being taken off the turf, Breeders’ Cup officials after review decided to reinstate the race’s “Win and You’re In” status and award winner Flameaway a berth in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) on Nov. 3 at Del Mar.
Tigers Rule and Tap Daddy raced as a team through fractions of :23.35, :48.46 and 1:13.93 with Flameaway just behind the leaders. In the short stretch run, Flameaway rallied outside of the leaders and struck the front at the wire.
Flameaway covered the 1 1/16 miles on the sloppy main track in 1:45.77. A Keeneland sales graduate, Flameaway is a Kentucky-bred son of Scat Daddy out of the Fusaichi Pegasus mare Vulcan Rose.
The victory was worth $150,000 and increased Flameaway’s earnings to $244,074 with a record of 4-3-0-0.
Flameaway returned $12.80, $6.40 and $4.40. Tap Daddy, ridden by Florent Geroux, was elevated to second place via disqualification of Tigers Rule for interference in the stretch. Tap Daddy returned $5.40 and $3.80 with Tigers Rule paying $4.80 to show under Miguel Mena.
Admiralty Pier finished 1½ lengths back in fourth and was followed in order by John Tippmann, Arawak, Captivating Moon, Fred’stwirlincandy, King Valero, High Providence, Trenton Traveler, Wicked Trick, Budro Talking and Shared Value.
Racing resumes Wednesday with an eight-race program that begins at 1:05 p.m. ET and features the 27th running of the $150,000 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G3) for 2-year-old fillies going 1 1/16 miles on the Keeneland turf course. The race is a “Win and You’re In race for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) to be run Nov. 3 at Del Mar.
Source: Keeneland Association