Keeneland sets betting records, from Tawny Port to Kentucky Derby field

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Peter Brant’s Regal Glory pounced by longtime leader Navratilova on pole for three-sixteenths, then held off stablemate Shantisara (IRE) by a length to win the 34and $500,000 Jenny Wiley (G1) race for fillies and mares on Saturday afternoon.

On a day that featured three bets, Keeneland made record bets on Pick 4 and Pick 5. The Pick 4 managed a record $1,357,298, eclipsing the previous mark of $1,065,002 set on the Day Toyota Blue Grass in 2018. The Pick 5 managed a record $1,539,098 to top the $1,485,090 set on Toyota Blue Grass Day in 2021.

Additionally, all-source betting for today’s 11-race card totaled $27,304,001, making it the second-highest single-day handle in Keeneland’s history. The record single-day handful of $28,137,728 was set at last Saturday’s Toyota Blue Grass Day.

Trained by Chad Brown and ridden by Jose Ortiz, Regal Glory completed the mile and a sixteenth behind Jenny Wiley on a grass course rated good in 1:40.97. The victory is the fifth in the race for Brown, who previously won with Ball Dancing in 2015, Sistercharlie (IRE) in 2018 and Rushing Fall in 2019 and 2020.

Navratilova was the first out of the gate with Regal Glory and Shantisara chasing just behind her as Lady Speightspeare followed the peloton after rushing to the start and spotting the peloton for several lengths.

The first three remained unchanged through fractions of :24.41, :48.14 and 1:11.85. Navratilova held the lead all the way to the top of the stretch but Regal Glory quickly took her measure and opened up with more than enough left to hold off Shantisara.

A Keeneland sales graduate, Regal Glory is a Kentucky-bred, 6-year-old daughter of Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom and mare More Than Ready Mary’s Follies.

The Jenny Wiley scored the second Grade 1 and 10 victoryand takes the overall victory for Regal Glory, who improved their record to 18-11-4-0 and increased their earnings to $1,836,009 with Saturday’s check for $306,125.

Regal Glory brought in $4, $2.20, and $2.10. Shantisara, ridden by Flavien Prat, brought in $2.40 and $2.10 with Lady Speightspeare rallying to finish another 6¾ lengths in third under Luis Saez and paying $2.60 to show.

Scarabea finished another neckline in fourth position and was followed in order by Navratilova and Waliyak (FR).

Tawny Port secures Kentucky Derby spot with Stonestreet Lexington victory

Peachtree Stable’s Tawny Port took control from the Major General inside the sixteenth post and cleared away to claim a one-length victory in the 40and $400,000 Stonestreet Lexington (G3) race for 3-year-olds.

Trained by Brad Cox and ridden by Florent Geroux, Tawny Port completed the mile and a sixteenth on the fast main course in 1:45.24. It is the second victory in the race for Cox and Geroux, who teamed up to win the 2019 race with Owendale.

With the win, Tawny Port added 20 points to her Road to the Kentucky Derby total to take her total to 60, good for 11and place and a place in the starting grid which is limited to the top 20 point earners who pass the entry box on May 2.

The Major General collected 8 points for finishing second to bring his total to 18 points, good for 27th place. In Due Time added 4 points for third to bring their total to 24 points, good for 22n/a. Ethereal Road added 2 points for finishing fourth to bring their total to 22 points, good for 23rd.

Major General led the field of 11 through splits of :23.85, :48.01 and 1:12.45 while trailed by Strava and Dash Attack with Tawny Port running in the midpack.

Major General held the lead in the stretch, but Geroux had Tawny Port in the clear in the middle of the track and gradually wore the leader down.

A Keeneland sales graduate, Tawny Port is a Kentucky-bred son of Pioneerof the Nile and Macho Uno mare Livi Makenzie. Posting their first ever graduated stakes victory, Tawny Port improved their record to 5-3-1-0 and increased their winnings to $427,000 with Saturday’s check for $229,400.

Tawny Port brought in $12.20, $6.40, and $3.80. Major General, ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., returned $7.60 and $4.80 and finished 1½ lengths ahead of favorite In Due Time, who paid $2.80 to show up under Paco Lopez.

It was another length back to Ethereal Road with Strava, Dash Attack, Midnight Chrome, Howling Time, Call Me Midnight, Skate to Heaven and We All See It following in order.

Campanelle (IRE) sails towards the victory of the Giant’s Causeway

Stonestreet Stables’ Campanelle (IRE) took the lead with a three-wide move down the middle of the straight and shot by 2½ lengths to win the 25thand $200,000 Giant’s Causeway Race (L) for fillies and mares.

Trained by Wesley Ward and ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., Campanelle covered all 5½ furlongs on a grass course deemed good in a stakes record of 1:01.98. It is the third victory in the race for Ward, who won in 2017 with Lady Aurelia of Stonestreet and in 2011 with Holiday for Kitten, and the second for Ortiz, who rode Morticia to victory in 2019.

Elle Z was the quickest out and quickly established a daylight advantage leading the pack through fractions of :21.99 and :44.81 as Ortiz knocked Campanelle off the pace and from the inside for a clear run.

Elle Z led on the straight, but Campanelle had all the momentum and quickly sealed the race when she took the lead.

A two-time Group 1 winner in Europe, Campanelle improved his record to 8-5-0-1 and increased his winnings to $644,789 with Saturday’s check for $83,700. Campanelle is a 4 year old daughter of Kodiac and mare Namid Janina.

Ejected as favorite, Campanelle brought in $5.80, $4.20 and $3.20. Star Devine (IRE), ridden by John Velazquez, grossed $14.80 and $9.40 with Goin’ Good finishing third, another 1½ length under Tyler Gaffalione and paying $6 to show.

Defending champion Change of Control finished fourth and was followed in order by Elle Z, Jouster, Risky Reward, Phantom Vision, Violenza, AG Indy, Hear My Prayer, Headline Hunter and Ghosting Kim.

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