Julien Leparoux scored his third victory and second stakes on the Churchill Downs card as Beverly Anderson and Edward Seltzer’s Sparkling Review charged down the stretch to win the Grade 2, $200,000 Mrs. Revere on Saturday.
Kiss Moon, under Corey Lanerie, broke on top and controlled the early quarters in :23.61, :47.63 and 1:12.05. Spring Included and Courageous Julie kept within striking distance, followed by A Little Bit Sassy, Miss Frost and Speed Seeker.
Sparkling Review and Leparoux settled early in the middle of the pack. The duo shook free from between horses straightening out in the stretch and chased down the tiring leader. Sparkling Review prevailed by 2 ¾ lengths and covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.33 on a firm turf course.
Lady Lara, ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan, settled at the back of the pack early and mounted a strong charge to finish second. Kiss Moon held on for a close third, a head in front of Personal Diary.
Trained by Ben Colebrook, Sparkling Review has been nearly flawless this year with four wins from five starts and earnings of $303,642. The 3-year-old filly’s only off-the-board finish came on a muddy main track in her maiden debut at Churchill on June 20.
The daughter of Lemon Drop Kid is unbeaten since moving to turf last August, stringing together three wins prior to the Mrs. Revere, including the Grade 3 Valley View at Keeneland on Oct. 17.
The 4-1 third-choice returned $10.60, $5.00 and $4.80 across the board.
Leparoux had already posted two wins on Saturday, including a $15,000 claiming event in the fifth race and a victory in the Grade 3 Commonwealth Turf two races earlier aboard Heart to Heart.
For his part, the rider is already looking forward to Sparkling Review’s next race.
"She's a very nice filly,” Leparoux said. “She always has given me a very nice kick at the end and she's done everything very easily in her last two wins now. I didn't even have to whip her today; I just asked her a little bit and felt like she had plenty left in the tank. I don't know where she'll go next but I am definitely excited about riding her again."
"I nominated her to the Matriarch and to the Hollywood Derby, because we said going in that if she won impressively that we would talk about it, and now that she has, we'll definitely talk about it,” Colebrook said after the race. “But I'm not sure what we'll do from here to be honest."
"I'm most likely going to Sam Houston for the winter and we'll ship around to some other tracks,” he continued. “The filly will go back to the owner's farm and she will either get a break after this race or after the next one depending on what we decide."