Colonia (FR) Rallies to Give Motion Third Pin Oak Valley View Victory in Four Years
Colonia (FR) Rallies to Give Motion Third
Pin Oak Valley View Victory in Four Years
LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 19, 2018) – Michael Dubb, Madaket Stables, Maurice Lagasse, Haras d’Etreham and Bethlehem Stables’ Colonia (FR) collared pacesetting Cool Beans in deep stretch and then held off a bid from 70-1 longshot Get Explicit by a half-length to win the 28th running of the $150,000 Pin Oak Valley View (G3) for 3-year-old fillies before a Friday afternoon crowd of 16,096.
Trained by Graham Motion and ridden by Joe Bravo, Colonia covered the 1 1/16 miles on a firm turf course in 1:45.98.
It is the third victory in the race in the past four runnings for Motion, who won in 2015 with Tiger Ride and 2016 with Quidura (GB). For Bravo, it was his second win in the race having triumphed aboard Mingling Glances in 1997.
Cool Beans set an uncontested pace and led the field of 13 through fractions of :24.35, :50.06 and 1:15.48 as Colonia raced near the back of the pack.
Turning for home, Cool Beans disposed of her early pursuers only to have Daddy Is a Legend make a bid for the lead on the inside. The two raced as a team until just before the sixteenth pole when Daddy Is a Legend ducked through the inner Mawsafe safety rail. (She was uninjured.)
At that point, Bravo was angling Colonia between horses for clear running, catching Cool Beans late and then staving off Get Expicit.
Colonia, who began her career in France, is a daughter of Champs Elysees (GB) out of the Muhtathir mare Clara Luna (IRE). It is her first graded stakes victory in the U.S., and the winner’s share of $90,000 increased her earnings to $227,014 with a record of 9-3-0-3.
Colonia returned $16.60, $8.80 and $6.40. Get Explicit, ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan, returned $50.20 and $23 and finished a head in front of Cool Beans, who paid $7.60 to show under Florent Geroux.
It was another neck back to Mighty Scarlett, who was followed in order by Reversethedecision, Kabella, Goodthingstaketime (IRE), High Tech, Beach Waltz, Sirenusa, favored Poetic Charm (GB) and More Fun Again. Daddy Is a Legend was uninjured as she walked off the track.
Racing continues Saturday with a 10-race program beginning at 1:05 p.m. ET that is highlighted by the 20th running of the $250,000 Lexus Raven Run (G2) for 3-year-old fillies going 7 furlongs on the main track. Post time for the Lexus Raven Run, the ninth race, is 5:30 p.m.
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