LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 7, 2012) – Gary Barber and Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners’ In Lingerie took command at midstretch and pulled away to a two-length victory over Mystical Star to win the 57th running of the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1) before a crowd of 12,646 on a brisk afternoon at Keeneland.
The victory earned a spot for In Lingerie in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic (G1) to be run November 2 at Santa Anita.
Trained by Todd Pletcher, who also won the Spinster in 2007 with Panty Raid, and ridden by John Velazquez, In Lingerie covered the 1 1/8 miles on the main track in 1:49.42.
The victory, the third in as many starts on Polytrack for In Lingerie, a Keeneland sale graduate, was worth $300,000 and increased her earnings to $712,265 with a record of 7-4-2-1. In Lingerie is a Kentucky-bred daughter of Empire Maker out of the Storm Cat mare Cat Chat.
Juanita grabbed the lead going into the first turn with Starformer and Karlovy Vary applying token pressure as Velazquez settled In Lingerie into a stalking position on the inside.
The leading trio remained unchanged to the top of the stretch, where Mystical Star under Jose Lezcano got first run at the leaders from the outside while Velazquez waited for room. In Lingerie split horses approaching the eighth pole and easily surged past Mystical Star en route to victory.
In Lingerie returned $6.80, $3.80 and $3.20. Mystical Star returned mutuels of $5.60 and $4.60 in finishing 2¼ lengths in front of Upperline, who rallied for third under James Graham and paid $5.20 to show.
It was three-quarters of a length back to Starformer, who finished fourth and was followed in order by Tiz Miz Sue, defending champion Aruna, Kitty in a Tizzy, Karlovy Vary, Juanita and Disposablepleasure.
In the race preceding the Juddmonte Spinster, Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence’s Balance the Books overcame a bad start to edge Really Sharp by a nose in the 22nd running of the $150,000 Bourbon (G3) to earn a berth in the $500,000 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) to be run on November 3 at Santa Anita.
Ridden by Julien Leparoux and trained by Chad Brown, Balance the Books broke last in the field of 12 as longshots Road Agent and Really Sharp contested the lead. Really Sharp, ridden by Elvis Trujillo, led the field into the stretch but at the eighth pole ducked out and interfered with several horses and was disqualified to sixth.
Brown Almighty, who finished 1½ lengths in back of Really Sharp, was elevated to second and Sonofasamurai, who finished another two lengths back, was moved up to third from fourth.
Balance the Books, purchased by Klaravich Stables at Keeneland’s 2012 April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale, returned $3.80, $2.80 and $2.40. Brown Almighty, ridden by Francisco Torres, paid $4.60 and $3.40 with Sonofasamurai, ridden by David Cohen, returning $4.40 to show.
Following the top three officially in order were Summit County, Strike the Note, Really Sharp, Fredericksburg, Roman’s Avenue, Ruler of Love, Slamarama, Army Hero and Road Agent.
The victory was worth $90,000 to Balance the Books and increased his career earnings to $227,000 with a record of 3-2-1-0. It was the second graded stakes victory of Fall Stars Weekend for Klaravich Stables and Lawrence as their Sum of the Parts won the Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G3) on Friday.
Balance the Books, a Kentucky-bred son of Lemon Drop Kid out of the Seeking the Gold mare Kreisleriana, covered the 1 1/16 miles on a firm turf course in 1:45.15.
Racing resumes Wednesday with a nine-race program that begins at 1:05 p.m.