Cinderella might have required an assist from a kindly old woman with a magic wand, but SPENDARELLA was the belle of her own ball this afternoon at Keeneland, winning the Appalachian Stakes Presented by Japan Racing Association-G2 with total authority. The spring meet’s first weekend has been plagued by temperamental weather, with patrons bundled against the elements. At post time, the turf course was listed as good with the main track muddy.
Antony Beck/Gainesway Stables’ 3-year-old daughter of Karakontie (JPN) was making just her third career start. She debuted on February 2 with a win in her maiden special weight at Gulfstream. Back just a month later on March 5, she led at every call and won the Herecomesthebridestakes-G3 by 1 1/2 lengths. She “swept past and cleared” today’s field of eight fillies at Keeneland, with jockey Tyler Gaffalione telling Scott Hazelton in the winner’s circle interview that he had plenty of horse left. Now three for three, Spendarella increased her bankroll to $283,675 today.
When asked what’s next for Spendarella, Graham suggested that Royal Ascot could be a consideration. Sounds like a grand plan! Congratulations to Gainesway!