Rosario nears spring meet record

LEXINGTON, KY (April 24, 2013) – Leading jockey Joel Rosario recorded his fourth victory of the day when he rode Solid Appeal to win the featured $62,000 Pegasus Purse before a crowd of 8,122 on an unseasonably cool and windy Wednesday afternoon. The race for fillies and mares, four-year-olds and up, was scheduled to be run on the turf course, but was moved to the main track following heavy rains earlier in the day.

Solid Appeal, a four-year-old daughter of Successful Appeal making her Keeneland debut, took command of the race down the stretch and drew off to win by 2 ½ lengths in 1:43.98. The race marked her first start since she finished fourth in the Mrs. Revere Stakes (G2) in November at Churchill Downs. The winner of that race, Centre Court, won the Jenny Wiley Stakes (G1) here on April 13.

Run a Risk was second, three-quarters of a length in front of Lily the Pink in third. Runfor Ro was fourth and was followed in order by Daylight Ride, Transgression, Assateague and Julia’s Star. Trophy Wife, Dame Marie, English Class, Queen of the Waves, Formative and Broken Trust Fund were scratched.

Rosario’s Wednesday haul increased his meet-leading total to 30, meaning he is two wins shy of equaling the spring meet record of 32 wins set by Randy Romero in 1990. Rosario rides in eight races on Thursday and in seven races on Friday, closing day of the 16-day season.

The dominance of owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey and trainer Mike Maker also continued on Wednesday. The Ramseys won two races, pushing their record total to 19 for the meet. Maker won three races, surpassing the previous spring meet record of 16 wins he held with Todd Pletcher and increasing his total to 19. D. Wayne Lukas holds the trainer record of 22 wins, set in the fall of 1989.

Racing continues Thursday with a nine-race program highlighted by the 52nd running of the $150,000 Bewitch Stakes (G3). First post time is 1:05 p.m. (ET) with the Bewitch going as the eighth race with a 4:42 p.m. post time.

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