Lady Prancealot rallies to an upset win in the Valley View

October 18, 2019 05:28pm
Lady Prancealot rallies to an upset win in the Valley View

Lady Prancealot made her first trip to Keeneland a winning one as she came from off the pace to run down favorite Blowout and win the Grade 3, $150,000 Valley View Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on the Keeneland turf course Friday.   

With Joe Bravo in the irons, Lady Prancealot race well-back in a strung out field as Blowout set opening fractions of :23.72 and :48.26 for the 1 1/16-mile contest. Lady Prancealot angled to the middle of the course for the stretch drive and surged past Blowout in the final 100 yards to win by three-quarters of a length. Blowout just held off The Mackem Bullet in a photo for third. 

“This filly really came over here (for the race) nice," Bravo said. "She was sharp in the paddock, looking good. She broke, breathed, relaxed – so comfortable. We turned for home (and) she knew what she had to do. I was just lucky enough to be the passenger today. She saw that horse in front (Blowout) and she went after her.”

Jockey John Velazquez offered no excuse for Blowout. 

“It was a perfect trip," Velazquez said. "I was in front and was trying to save her as best I could to have something left down the lane. A nice horse beat her today. She put up a really good fight. I could see them (Lady Prancealot and The Mackem Bullet) coming from both sides, but we couldn’t hold on. She ran a really good race today.”

Lady Prancealot paid $22.60 for the win. 

Lady Prancealot has been mostly based at trainer Richard Baltas stable in Southern California during two relatively busy seasons of racing, but was shipped east for an off-the-board finish in the Jockey Club Oaks Invitational at Belmont Park on Sept. 7. She had been training at Keeneland since that effort. 

“She worked very well here," Baltas said. "Her weight was good, and she had another breeze that was really, really good. We’ve been lucky here (he won last year’s Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) with Next Shares and the Grade 3 Beaumont with Gas Station Sushi). These are the best horses in the country, so we’re lucky we got her home today.

“She deserves (the win). You’ve gotta have the trip when you have a closer. Joe did an awesome job. He saved ground, stayed to the outside and got her clear. She ran down the 2 (Blowout). It was a very sweet victory.”

Owned by 
Jules Iavarone, Michael Iavarone and Jerry McClanahan, Lady Prancealot is an Irish-bred daughter of Sir Prancealot. She has won 4-of-16 starts with her only other graded stakes win coming in the Honeymoon Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita in June. 


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