Up Hill Stable and Head of Plains Partners' Lightstream made an inside move on the final turn to come home the three-quarter length winner of Sunday's Grade 3 Adena Springs Beaumont Stakes at Keeneland. Restricted to 3-year-old fillies, the race was contested over seven furlongs and 184 feet on the fast main track, which the daughter of Harlan's Holiday covered in 1:26.27 for trainer Brian Lynch.
“I'd rather have her on my team than be running against her. Very gutsy,” said Lynch. “The pace was cracking early. He (jockey Julien Leparoux) was patient enough with her. Looked like at the three-eighths pole, she wasn't going anywhere but once he got after her … she's still learning what it's all about, too. She's gonna go outside, she came back inside. She gutted it out down the lane. There was a (Grade) 1 winner in there, multiple winners in there, so it was a nice step forward for her.”
Kinsley Kisses was the quickest filly out of the gate, but ceded the lead to R Girls A Charmer before the first quarter-mile. Nickname tracked the pacesetters from third along the outside, while Lightstream was content to bide her time along the rail under Julien Leparoux. R Girls A Charmer strode out to a two-length lead to cover the early fractions in :22.22 and :44.64. Nickname made her move approaching the head of the lane, moving between Kinsley Kisses and R Girls A Charmer. The leading filly carried several paths wide on the turn, making room for Lightstream to move up the rail.
While briefly crowded by R Girls A Charmer along the inside fence, Lightstream was bold along her path and hooked up with Nickname with a sixteenth of a mile to run. Lightstream had just a bit more left, and held off Nickname by a three-quarters of a length for the win. Kinsley Kisses was up for third, and R Girls A Charmer finished fourth.
“They went pretty quick up front, but she was traveling very good,” said Leparoux. “I saw the opening on the rail, so I just went for it. She finished nice. That was a pretty good bunch, even if there was only a five-horse field.”
Bred in Kentucky by Ann Marie Farm, Lightstream was a $55,000 purchase at the Keeneland September Sale. The daughter of stakes-winning daughter of Arch mare North Beach, Lightstream recorded her maiden victory in her career bow last out at Gulfstream. Her record now stands at two-for-two, with earnings of $114,000.
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