Keeneland news: Fancy Dress Party may return on Oaks undercard

Keeneland Barn Notes
April 08, 2019 12:09pm
Keeneland news: Fancy Dress Party may return on Oaks undercard
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LNJ Foxwoods’ undefeated Fancy Dress Party passed a huge class test Sunday when she turned back a couple of challenges to win the Beaumont (G3).

“Luis Saez made all the difference,” trainer Ben Colebrook said of his jockey. “He ran them off their feet.”

Saez put Fancy Dress Party on the lead, fended off a bid from Grade 3 winner Feedback on the turn and then held off three-time graded stakes-placed Mother Mother in deep stretch.

“She was a little under fit,” Colebrook said about Fancy Dress Party. “I brought her up from Tampa Bay (Downs), but the weather didn’t cooperate. She was short a work and I didn’t want to work on the dirt. So I hedged my bets a little bit and nominated her to the Appalachian just in case I needed to (get Keeneland’s permission to) work on the turf.”

Now undefeated in four starts, Fancy Dress Party won her career debut, an off-the-turf race here last fall.

“I will probably keep her sprinting and will consider the Eight Belles ([G2] at Churchill Downs on May 3),” Colebrook said. “We will see how she does and will know two weeks out."

Colebrook also said Katherine Ball’s millionaire
 Limousine Liberal, third in Saturday’s $250,000 Commonwealth (G3) in his 2019 debut, is under consideration for the $500,000 Churchill Downs (G1) going 7 furlongs on May 4. Limousine Liberal has won that race the past two years after making his season debut in the Commonwealth.

“Same as with her, we’ll know in a couple of weeks,” Colebrook said of Limousine Liberal. “He was a little under fit because the weather affected his training. He ran bstter than I thought he would.”


Katsumi Yoshida’s 
The Mackem Bullet, who recorded her first graded stakes victory with a stylish score in Sunday’s $200,000 Appalachian (G2) Presented by Japan Racing Association, was reported to be doing great Monday morning by trainer Wesley Ward.

Three-time group stakes-placed in Great Britain last year, The Mackem Bullet finished sixth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) at Churchill Downs for trainer Brian Ellison, who left the filly in the U.S. under Ward’s care after the World Championships in Louisville.

Ward indicated that The Mackem Bullet is a filly who needs time between her races with the $250,000 Edgewood (G3) at Churchill on May 3 not considered likely for her next start.

One Ward runner who might race at Churchill Derby Week is Bound for Nowhere, who finished second in Saturday’s $200,000 Shakertown (G2) in his first start in six months.

Ward, who also owns Bound for Nowhere, indicated the $250,000 Twin Spires Turf Sprint (G2) on May 3 is a possibility for the 5-year-old.


The Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) reported that $250,000 was raised Sunday during the second TVG-PDJF Telethon, which took place at Keeneland and Santa Anita. Hall of Fame jockeys and TVG personalities at the two tracks talked to callers. The amount topped the nearly $230,000 raised at the inaugural telethon last year. Donations to the PDJF are accepted any time at


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