Stratford Hill outdueled rivals to the wire to take the Grade 3, $100,000 Shakertown Stakes on a yielding Keeneland turf course Saturday.
Under John Velazquez, Stratford Hill (6-1) came with a late surge to get up by half a length in 1:03.90 for five and a half furlongs. Grand Aventure finished second. Great Attack was third. Race favorites Chamberlain Bridge and Silver Timber finished off the board.
Stratford Hill is owned by Melnyk Racing Stables and was bred in Florida by the owners. Trained by Todd Pletcher, he's a four-year-old son of A.P. Indy out of the Hennessy mare, Harmony Lodge. Although this was his first graded stakes appearance from six lifetime starts, Stratford Hill has now won four straight, all turf sprints.
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