William S. Farish and F. Steve Mooney's Ball Dancing earned her first Grade 1 win with a victory in Saturday's $300,000 Jenny Wiley Stakes at Keeneland. The 4-year-old filly, trained by Chad Brown, now has four wins in nine starts.
Ridden by Javier Castellano, Ball Dancing seized the lead in mid-stretch and drew away to a convincing win over Filimbi and defending Jenny Wiley champion Hard Not to Like. Final time for the mile and a sixteenth over the turf was 1:43.08.
“(She) was very impressive,” said Castellano. “I've been watching replays of her last couple of races. She's kind of European (style) horse: You need to cover up a little bit to save something for the end. It really worked out beautiful here. I had a perfect trip today. It was amazing. Great filly.”
Ball Dancing, a daughter of Exchange Rate and the Siler Hawk mare Ball Gown, was bred in Kentucky by Kirk and Deby Wycoff. Consigned by Hidden Brook to the 2012 Keeneland January Sale as a weanling, she sold for $55,000 to Pegasus Farm.
“I could tell (jockey) Javier (Castellano) really didn't want to move at that point but luckily (with) his great instincts he felt them coming and put (Filimbi) wider than us,” said trainer Brown. “He gave the filly a great trip. She's a wonderful horse to train, steadily improved. What a big win for (co-owners) Mr. (Will) Farish and Mr. (Steve) Mooney. They're both here, and we're thrilled.”
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