Key of Life became the first black-type winner for her freshman sire (by Uncle Mo) with a decisive score in Keeneland's Myrtlewood S. Friday. Hammered down to 3-5 favoritism off consecutive scores, the $350,000 OBSAPR acquisition seized the early advantage, zipping through a :22.34 opening quarter with a rival in hot pursuit. Turning for home in front after a half in :45.91, the bay opened up with ease in the lane to win for fun.
“She really has put it together over the last month or so,” said winning trainer Brad Cox. “Her win at Churchill she ran big, but she came back here and I thought really showed who she is opening weekend (when she won by 6 1/4 lengths). We took her back to Churchill and she was training well, and this race came up with a big field so (we decided to) give it a shot. We liked the (post position) she drew. She broke well. Very happy with her performance today.”
Third on debut behind a 'TDN Rising Star'-worthy performance form Summer Promise (Uncle Mo) at Churchill Downs June 25, Key of Life broke through next out there Aug. 13 and followed suit with an optional claimer score at this oval Oct. 7. Longride to Wisdom did not have a foal in 2021, but had a Caracaro filly this year and was bred back to Honor A.P. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.
MYRTLEWOOD S., $200,000, Keeneland, 10-28, 2yo, f, 6f, 1:11.09, ft.
1–KEY OF LIFE, 118, f, 2, by Mo Town
1st Dam: Longride to Wisdom, by Harlan's Holiday
2nd Dam: Clever Idea, by Matchlite
3rd Dam: Queen of Savoy, by Conquistador Cielo
($42,000 Ylg '21 OBSOCT; $350,000 2yo '22 OBSAPR).
1ST BLACK-TYPE WIN. O-Flurry Racing Stables LLC and
Hoffman Family Racing, LLC; B-Moreau Bloodstock
International, Inc. (KY); T-Brad H. Cox; J-Florent Geroux.
$116,250. Lifetime Record: 4-3-0-1, $263,710. *First black-
type winner for freshman sire (by Uncle Mo).
2–Lady Radler, 118, f, 2, Kantharos–Sally Bowles (Saf), by
London News (Saf). ($37,000 2yo '22 OBSMAR).
1ST BLACK TYPE. O-Mellon Patch, Inc.; B-Stonestreet
Thoroughbred Holdings LLC (KY); T-Michael B. Campbell.
3–Baby Got Backspin, 118, f, 2, Kantharos–Showtime Sis, by
Euroears. ($67,000 Ylg '21 EASOCT). 1ST BLACK TYPE.
O-Bregman Family Racing LLC; B-Daniel Mallory, Cathy
Jennings, Amy Bayle & Bloom Racing LLC (KY); T-George R.
Arnold, II. $18,750.
Margins: 6 3/4, 1 3/4, HD. Odds: 0.67, 30.50, 9.37.
Also Ran: Take Charge Briana, Satin Doll, Two Minute Drill, Flamand, Somebody's Problem, Willow Bend, Time for Champagne. Scratched: Alva Starr.
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