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2007 Bourbonette Breeders' Cup Stakes

The $150,000 Bourbonette Breeders' Cup (G3) on the Lane's End Stakes undercard features 3-year-old fillies going 1 mile on the Polytrack at Turfway Park. A full field of twelve Kentucky Oaks hopefuls went to the gate in this event, with undefeated Silverinyourpocket sent off as the 2-1 favorite, making her first start against stakes company after winning her last start by 6 1/4 lengths. Eugene Melnyk homebred Sealy Hill was the 4-1 second choice, after a win in the Glorious Song at Woodbine and then a second in a Gulfstream allowance last out. Todd Pletcher trainee Panty Raid was the 7-1 third choice, despite finishing sixth by 10 lengths in her last start.

The start of the race was delayed when 38-1 Acadia Breeze and 7-1 Panty Raid broke through the starting gate, unseating their riders, but neither of the riders or horses were injured. The two fillies were corralled by the outriders on the clubhouse turn and brought back to the gate. The entire field reloaded into the gate and got underway without further incident. Acadia Breeze set an easy pace of 23.79, 47.13, and 1:12.35 while being stalked by Floral Park. Rounding the far turn, Acadia Breeze faded from contention as Sealy Hill, who sat back in fifth early, made her move four-wide and opened up a 2 1/2 length lead with a furlong to go. Panty Raid put it a late charge from fourth but Sealy Hill held her off in the final strides to win by a head in 1:37.51. It was 2 3/4 lengths back to 27-1 longshot Aspiring in third, while favorite Silverinyourpocket failed to rally after racing far back and finished fifth.

Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show

5 Sealy Hill Husbands 6.60 5.00 3.80

4 Panty Raid Prado 6.80 5.60

12 Aspiring Mena 9.20

Winning Time: 1:37.51

$2 Exacta 5-4 72.00

$2 Trifecta 5-4-12 1,794.60

$2 Superfecta 5-4-12-2 10,053.40

Sealy Hill in the winner's circle with trainer Mark Casse on the left. Casse, celebrating his fifth Bourbonette victory, said, "She's better than you saw today. She's never been two turns before so she thought the race was all over. She had lost interest and just started pulling herself up. One thing about Turfway's Polytrack, horses that like it do well on Derby Day." Casse won last year's Bourbonette with Top Notch Lady. His other winners in the race are Push On in 1983, Pretty Sham in 1986, and Apella in 1990.

Sealy Hill in the paddock before the race. Winning jockey Patrick Husbands said, "She is a very talented filly. She had never been covered up before and I didn't want to take a chance. I wanted to keep her in the clear. When we made the lead she started to pull her head a little bit, but we were already four wide so I just kept riding her, and she won nicely."

Second place finisher Panty Raid in the post parade. Her jockey Edgar Prado said, "The horse next to me (Acadia Breeze) broke through the gate and that shook my filly up a little. But she was fine and I was fine, too. The trip was beautiful. She broke good and settled nicely. She was trying real hard. I think she has a nice future. This was her first time running off the pace. She figured out what to do, and she was really running at the end."

Third place finisher Aspiring heads out of the paddock for the post parade. Jockey Miguel Mena said, "She broke well and was in a perfect position. I thought we were going to win but the 4 and the 5 had gas left. She ran a huge race and has a big future."

Beaten favorite and fifth place finisher Silverinyourpocket in the post parade. Trainer Helen Pitts said, "It was just a rough trip. She was so wide going into the first turn and when she finally got a decent spot there was nowhere to run."

The last stakes race of the afternoon was the $50,000 Queen Stakes for older fillies and mares sprinting 6 furlongs. 5-2 second choice Mary Delaney battled on the pace with 9-5 favorite Hot Storm the whole way through fractions of 22.23 and 45.29. AT the 3/16 pole jockey Edgar Prado asked Mary Delaney for run and got it as she pulled away from the favorite through the stretch to win by 3 3/4 lengths in 1:09.28. It was another 2 1/4 lengths back to 26-1 longshot New Dimension in third. Prado ssaid, "She broke sharply and improved her position all the way. I didn't have to hit her once because she was doing it all on her own and doing it so easily, drawing off as she felt comfortable doing." Rafael Bejarano aboard beaten favorite and runner-up Hot Storm added, "She broke really fast. I was hooked up with the winner for a couple seconds, but I didn't want to use my horse too much because the 6 (Mary Delaney) was going very comfortably and we were struggling a little to stay with her. But she hung in there all the way."



PHOTO: Acadia Breeze and Panty Raid break through the gate and toss Shaun Bridgmohan and Edgar Prado to the ground before the Bourbonette. They were quickly caught and Panty Raid went on to finish second.

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