LNJ Foxwoods' undefeated Fancy Dress Party passed a huge class test Sunday when she turned back a couple of challenges to win the $150,000 Beaumont (G3) Presented by Keeneland Select.
“Luis Saez made all the difference,” trainer Ben Colebrook said of his jockey. “He ran them off their feet.”
Saez put Fancy Dress Party on the lead, fended off a bid from Grade 3 winner Feedback on the turn and then held off three-time graded stakes-placed Mother Mother in deep stretch.
“She was a little under fit,” Colebrook said about Fancy Dress Party. “I brought her up from Tampa Bay (Downs), but the weather didn't cooperate. She was short a work and I didn't want to work on the dirt. So I hedged my bets a little bit and nominated her to the Appalachian just in case I needed to (get Keeneland's permission to) work on the turf.”
Now undefeated in four starts, Fancy Dress Party won her career debut, an off-the-turf race here last fall.
“I will probably keep her sprinting and will consider the ($250,000) Eight Belles ([G2] at Churchill Downs on May 3),” Colebrook said. “We will see how she does and will know two weeks out (about the Eight Belles).”
Colebrook also said Katherine Ball's millionaire Limousine Liberal, third in Saturday's $250,000 Commonwealth (G3) in his 2019 debut, is under consideration for the $500,000 Churchill Downs (G1) going 7 furlongs on May 4. Limousine Liberal has won that race the past two years after making his season debut in the Commonwealth.
“Same as with her, we'll know in a couple of weeks,” Colebrook said of Limousine Liberal. “He was a little under fit because the weather affected his training. He ran bstter than I thought he would.”
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