Lexington, KY — Dan Patch Award-winner Warrawee Ubeaut returned to the site of her 1:48.3 record-setting mile and exited a 1:48.3 winner in the $216,000 Glen Garnsey Memorial, sponsored by the Sweet Lou Syndicate and Diamond Creek Farm, on Saturday (Oct. 5) at Red Mile.
Sent off as the 1-9 favorite, Warrawee Ubeaut raced fifth to a :26.2 first quarter set by Beautyonthebeach, who soon yielded control to Treacherous Reign heading to the backside. Driver Yannick Gingras tipped Warrawee Ubeaut first-over passing a :53.2 half and advanced towards the pacesetter approaching three-quarters in 1:21.3.
Treacherous Reign folded straightening for the finish while Warrawee Ubeaut swooped to command. Queen Of The Pride snuck into contention off a pylon trip to finish second, two lengths behind, while Stonebridge Soul rallied from last at 100-1 to take third.
“I’m not sure how fast she could’ve gone if I let her loose,” said Gingras. “[There’re] still a lot of big races left and we are not racing the clock—we’re going to race the other horses. She’s very good right now honestly. I’d love to get her against an [older] mare right now—I’m not saying she’s going to beat Shartin but I’d love to get Timmy [Tetrick] to untuck his whip anyway.
“Right now [trip] doesn’t matter. I could come first up—I just don’t want to be too far back that’s the only thing; I don’t want to run out of racetrack. I’m super confident in the filly and she’s in great form right now. A tremendous job the whole Burke Brigade did with her—in the paddock she used to be a handful [but] she’s relaxed now in the winner’s circle; a complete different filly from what we had last year.”
By Sweet Lou, Warrawee Ubeaut won her 17th race from 27 starts, earning $1,283,393 for owners Burke Racing Stable, Phillip Collura, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi. Ron Burke trains the Warrawee Farm-bred filly who paid $2.20 to win.
Grand Circuit action concludes at The Red Mile on Sunday (Oct. 6) with the 127th renewal of the Kentucky Futurity, which goes as a single heat with a field of 12 for $450,000. The 54th Kentucky Filly Futurity also goes as a single dash with an 11-horse draw for $267,000. Two divisions of the $540,000 Tattersalls Pace, the $69,500 Allerage Farms Fillies and Mares Trot and $87,000 Allerage Farms Fillies and Mares Pace will also go on the eight-race card.
Racing gets underway for the season finale with first-race post at 1 p.m.
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