Undefeated since announcing her arrival to Turfway Park with a 10 3/4-length romp to break her maiden last November, Botanical followed that performance up with two more jaw-dropping efforts at a mile on the tapeta including a last-out win in the Cincinnati Trophy S. Mar. 4. Off that race, which earned her a 91 Beyer Speed Figure, Botanical was slammed in even-money favoritism for her fourth straight Turfway appearance. Given the extra sixteenth to work with, the bay showed a good turn of foot from the blocks to set the pace from the opening strides, keeping things mild up front with a :24.58 opening quarter. Flashy Gem chased throughout but Botanical's win was never in doubt and she only increased the gap down the lane, pulling away to defeat Flashy Gem–who had chased valiantly throughout–handily. The winner, her dam's first foal, has a 2-year-old Omaha Beach half-brother and a yearling half-brother by Into Mischief. Her dam returned to the leading general sire for a 2023 foal. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.
BOURBONETTE OAKS, $299,200, Turfway, 3-25, 3yo, f, 1 1/16m (AWT), 1:44.47, ft.
1–BOTANICAL, 124, f, 3, by Medaglia d'Oro
1st Dam: Daisy (GSW, $162,925), by Blame
2nd Dam: Lovely Stay, by Flower Alley
3rd Dam: Ratings, by Caveat
($220,000 Ylg '21 KEESEP). O-LNJ Foxwoods and Clearsky
Farms; B-Clearsky Farms & Godolphin (KY); T-Brad H. Cox;
J-Chris Landeros. $177,800. Lifetime Record: 6-4-1-0,
2–Flashy Gem, 118, f, 3, Bolt d'Oro–Garnet, by Smart Strike.
1ST BLACK TYPE. O-Spendthrift Farm LLC; B-Malibu Farm, LLC
(KY); T-Brad H. Cox. $58,000.
3–Thirty Thou Kelvin, 118, f, 3, Bolt d'Oro–Wealthy Shipman,
by Midshipman. ($145,000 RNA Wlg '20 FTKNOV; $110,000 Ylg
'21 FTKOCT). 1ST BLACK TYPE. O-SJB Stable; B-Horseshoe
Racing LLC (KY); T-John P. Terranova, II. $29,000.
Margins: 2HF, 7, 1 3/4. Odds: 1.03, 3.13, 32.91.
Also Ran: Miss New York, Ag Bullet, Always At Ease, Shewillghostu, Renegade Rebel, Bolivie (Ire), Medaglia Forever. Scratched: Olympic Prank.