Joel Rosario took 3-year-old filly Unbelievable Dream from last to first just in time for the wire of Thursday's Grade 3 Appalachian Stakes presented by Japan Racing Association at Keeneland. The win was Rosario's fifth on the card, and was the filly's third win in four starts. Unbelievable Dream is trained by Barclay Tagg for Sure Thing Stables LLC.
Bred in New York by Sure Thing Stables, Unbelievable Dream is the daughter of Kitalpha and Stephen Got Even mare A Perfect Weekend. This was her first start against graded stakes company.
Overheard was second, followed by Eden Prairie. The final time for the one mile was 1:37.91. See the full chart here.
Appalachian Stakes Quotes
Barclay Tagg (winning trainer of Unbelievable Dream): On what made him think Unbelievable Dream was ready for a Grade 3 stakes after her allowance victory on March 3 at Gulfstream Park: “For one thing, there's not a whole lot of places to run a three-year-old filly after they win their first allowance race. You're lucky if you get them in another allowance. She likes to do it, and she likes to win, and I could see that in the first races. She was just caught in a wide trip in the middle there and she didn't get there in her second race (a fifth-place finish at Gulfstream on January 20 in her 2013 debut). Her other two (wins) were impressive enough, and I just liked the way she was coming into it.”
On her come-from-behind performance: “I told (jockey Joel Rosario) she likes to come from out of it. And I said, ‘You gotta wait until they turn for home. You can't move early on her.' That's all I told him. I said six lengths would be fine, but he was a little further back than that.”
Joel Rosario (rider of Unbelievable Dream, his fifth winner of the day): On whether he was worried when Unbelievable Dream trailed the field: “I was really worried. I said, ‘Oh my God. Maybe I'm never going to get there.' But Barclay told me that's the way she likes to run. She put in a really good run. That was very impressive. It was awesome.”
On whether he knew he had race won when Unbelievable Dream got into gear: “Not really. They (leaders) never stopped, but she really put in a good run for home. I was thinking maybe I would never get there but she really got there. That was awesome.”
Rosie Napravnik (rider of second-place finisher Overheard): “She ran a gutsy race and there were a couple of real nice fillies in there. We didn't have any major problems except for having a wide trip.”
Brian Hernandez Jr. (rider of third-place finisher Eden Prairie): “Coming out of the first turn, I thought Julien (Leparoux on To My Valentine [FR]) was going to go on, but he took back and she just went on her own. She was very comfortable and we just got nailed at the wire by those two horses. She ran a huge race.”
Javier Castellano (rider of fourth-place finisher and beaten favorite Watsdachances [IRE]): “She ran great. I couldn't blame anything. She was coming back off a layoff from (a second-place finish in the) Breeders' Cup (Juvenile Fillies Turf-G1). She just ran even all the way. I don't know why. She was in fourth place and we were keeping track of the key horses. When the other horses started coming on, I started to get my spot to get a jump on the horses coming from behind. When I made that move, she was just (running) even in the stretch. But she came back good; she didn't come back that tired at all.”
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