Michael Dubb, Madaket Stable, Wonder Stable and Bethlehem Stables’ Sacred Life (FR) survived a claim of foul for interference in the upper stretch to win the featured $80,000 Hagyard Purse for 3-year-olds and up by 2¾ lengths over Exulting before a Thursday afternoon crowd of 11,082. (Click here for a video of the race.)
Trained by Chad Brown and ridden by Javier Castellano, Sacred Life covered the 1 1/16 miles on a turf course rated as firm in 1:40.79. The victory was the third of the afternoon for Castellano.
Sacred Life, dropping into allowance company off a runner-up finish in the Bernard Baruch (G2) at Saratoga last month, is a 4-year-old son of Siyouni out of the Montjeu (IRE) mare Knyazhna. Thursday’s winner’s check of $39,900 hiked his bankroll to $270,268 with a record of 12-5-5-0.
Sacred Life returned $3.60, $2.80 and $2.40. Exulting, ridden by Joel Rosario, returned $6 and $4.40 with Parlor finishing a half-length back in third and returning $5.60 to show.
Racing continues Friday beginning at 1:05 p.m. ET with a 10-race program headlined by the 23rd running of the $150,000 Buffalo Trace Franklin County (G3) for fillies and mares going 5½ furlongs on the turf. The Buffalo Trace Franklin County will go as the afternoon’s ninth race with a 5:30 p.m. post time.
On Thursday, Keeneland hosted the 12th Make-A-Wish Day. Keeneland, along with local Thoroughbred farms and organizations, paired with local wish kids for a day at the races. Wish kids and their families received a VIP experience at the track that included presenting the trophy to the winning jockey after each race.