After sixteen months off the track Coup ran a gutsy race with Rosie Napravnik aboard in her come back race at Keeneland. This was her third win from six starts and we were delighted with this performance. Congratulations to owner and breeder George Strawbridge, Jr.
First Whippoorwill was winning her sixth race! She’s run eighteen times now and is Ken Tomlinson’s pride and joy as she’s out of his favorite mare Lonesome Sound! Congratulations to him and co-owner Stone Farm.
FIRST WHIPPOORWILL, $22.20, UPSETS FRIDAY FEATURE
Stone Farm and Kenneth Tomlinson’s First Whippoorwill ran past favorite Raro inside the 1/16th pole to post a length and a half win in the $32,000 allowance/optional claiming feature as jockey Paco Lopez scored a grand slam, winning the first four races on the Friday afternoon card at the Meadowlands.
With Chris DeCarlo in the irons, First Whippoorwill stepped the mile over firm turf in 1:37 2/5 and paid $22.20, $7.60 and $4.60. Odds-on favorite Raro, with Paco Lopez aboard, completed the $63 exacta and returned $2.80 and $2.60. It was another half-length back to No Splits, who paid $6.40 to show.
A trainee of H. Graham Motion, First Whippoorwill is a 5-year-old mare by Mutakddim from the Dancing Count mare Lonesome Sound. She has won six of 18 lifetime starts.