LEXINGTON, KY (April 14, 2013) – Gillian Campbell, Martin Racing Stable, Greenwood Lodge Farm and Car-Den Racing’s Ciao Bella Luna surged past pace-setting Magical Moon in midstretch to win the 28th running of the $150,000 Beaumont Stakes Presented by Keeneland Select (G2) for three-year-old fillies by 2½ lengths before a crowd of 18,325 on a mild Sunday afternoon.
Trained by Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer and ridden by Joel Rosario, Ciao Bella Luna covered the Beard Course distance of seven furlongs, 184 feet in 1:26.92. The victory marked Hollendorfer’s first stakes victory at Keeneland.
The victory was worth $90,000 and also netted Ciao Bella Luna her first 20 points toward the 139th running of the $1 million Kentucky Oaks (G1) to be run May 3 at Churchill Downs. The top 14 point earners that pass the entry box earn a spot in the Oaks starting gate.
Magical Moon, ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr., led the field of 11 through early fractions of 22.86 and :46.10 while racing unopposed. Ciao Bella Luna moved up four wide on the far turn from midpack and took dead aim on the leader entering the stretch, moving to the lead just past the eighth pole.
Ciao Bella Luna, a Keeneland sales graduate, is a Kentucky-bred daughter of Tribal Rule out of the Conquistador Cielo mare Shadow of the Moon. She improved her record to 6-3-1-0 and imcreased her bankroll to $145,180.
Ciao Bella Luna returned $16.60, $7 and $4.40. Magical Moon paid her backers $5.60 and $3.60 in finishing 2¾ lengths in front of favored Judy In Disguise (GB), who paid $3.20 to show under Mike Smith.
Fearless Jacq (IRE) finished 1¼ lengths back in fourth and was followed in order by Premier Steps (IRE), Irish Presense, Allaboutcaroline, Renee’s Titan, My Special J’s, Cash Is Queen and Lady Banks.
Following two dark days, racing resumes Wednesday with an eight-race program that begins at 1:05 p.m. (ET).