LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 14, 2016) – Augustin Stable’s homebred Tasit, last in the field of 12 nearing the half-mile pole, blew past favored Camelot Kitten in deep stretch to win Wednesday’s $62,000 Stockplace Purse for 3-year-olds by 1½ lengths before a crowd of 8,220.
Trained by Michael Matz and ridden by Florent Geroux, Tasit covered the 1 1/16 miles on a turf course listed as good in 1:44.19.
A Pennsylvania-bred son of Tapit out of the Sadler’s Wells mare Fantasia (GB), Tasit ran his record to 6-2-1-1 with earnings of $68,780. Wednesday’s victory was worth $30,900.
Tasit returned $16.60, $6.40 and $4.80. Camelot Kitten, ridden by Javier Castellano, returned $3.80 and $2.80 and finished 1¼ lengths in front of Aquaphobia, who paid $5.20 to show under Julien Leparoux.
Racing continues Thursday with a nine-race program that begins at 1:05 p.m. ET. Highlighting the card is the 28th running of the $125,000 Appalachian (G3) Presented by Japan Racing Association for 3-year-old fillies going a mile on the turf. Post time for the Appalachian, the afternoon’s eighth race, is 4:57 p.m.
Wednesday at Keeneland was Horses and Hope Pink Day, and fans wore pink to help promote breast cancer awareness. Prior to the races, former Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear and the Kentucky Cancer Program hosted a survivors’ luncheon in the Keene Barn & Entertainment Center. Survivors and guests enjoyed lunch and a Derby Fashion Style Show sponsored by Talbots, The Spa at Griffin Gate, Kroger and WKYT-TV. The day’s sixth race was named the Horses and Hope. The six horses in the race had pink saddle towels, and their jockeys wore pink caps. The winner was Jack Frost’s Ironclad.