St. Elias Stable’s Sweet Loretta made a triumphant return to the races as she drew off for a three-length victory over Sine Wave in the 32nd running of the $150,000 Adena Springs Beaumont (G3) for 3-year-old fillies before a Sunday afternoon crowd of 18,879.
Trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by Javier Castellano, Sweet Loretta covered the Beard Course distance of 7 furlongs, 184 feet in 1:27.77 over a fast track.
The victory gave Pletcher his 50th Keeneland stakes victory and moved him into a tie with D. Wayne Lukas for most stakes wins in Keeneland history.
One other Pletcher stakes victory came in the 2002 Beaumont with Proper Gamble, who was the first of Castellano’s 32 Keeneland stakes victories. Castellano also won the race in 2014 on Ready to Act.
Promises Broken set the pace while under pressure from Sine Wave as Castellano saved ground next to the rail in the early going. At the head of the stretch, Castellano shot through an opening along the rail and quickly assumed command and never was threatened the rest of the way.
The victory was worth $90,000 and increased Sweet Loretta’s earnings to $340,520 with four wins in five starts. The lone blemish on Sweet Loretta’s record came with an 11th-place finish in the 14 Hands Winery Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) in her previous start in November.
The victory also gave Sweet Loretta 10 qualifying points toward the $1 million Kentucky Oaks, a total that will not boost her into the top 14 point getters, the maximum number of starters for the May 5 race.
A graduate of Keeneland’s 2014 November Breeding Stock Sale, Sweet Loretta is a Kentucky-bred daughter of Tapit out of the Bluegrass Cat mare Ithinkisawapudycat.
Sent off as the favorite in the field of seven, Sweet Loretta returned $4.40, $3.60 and $3. Sine Wave, ridden by Florent Geroux, returned $11.60 and $5.60 with Laney finishing another 3½ lengths back in third under Julien Leparoux and paying $5.80 to show.
Promises Broken finished fourth and was followed in order by My Miss Chiff, Dancing Rags and Treble.
Source: Keeneland Association