Balandeen Rallies to Win Wednesday’s Featured Fawn Leap Purse

and Give Hartman a Training Triple

LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 24, 2018) – Joey Keith Davis’ Balandeen fought back along the rail after being passed in the stretch to defeat favored Hot Shot Kid by a head to win the $73,000 Fawn Leap Purse for 3-year-olds and up before a Wednesday afternoon crowd of 10,450. (Click here for a video of the race.)

The victory gave trainer Chris Hartman his third winner of the afternoon from three starters. He also won the fourth with Shesomajestic ($7.40) and the fifth with Gettysburg ($5.20).

Ridden by Julien Leparoux, Balandeen covered the 7 furlongs on a fast main track in 1:22.51.

A Keeneland sales graduate, Balandeen is a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Bernardini out of the Discreet Cat mare Mamma Kimbo. Wednesday’s victory was worth $43,800 and increased his earnings to $339,215 with a record of 24-6-3-2.

Balandeen returned $7.80, $4.20 and $2.80. Hot Shot Kid, ridden by Ricardo Santana Jr., returned $3 and $2.20 with Majestic Affair paying $2.40 to show under Shaun Bridgmohan.

Racing continues Thursday with a nine-race program that begins at 1:05 p.m. ET. The Pick Six carryover is $29,822.25.

Saturday is closing day of Keeneland’s 17-day Fall Meet.


For more than 80 years, the Keeneland Association has devoted itself to the health and vibrancy of the Thoroughbred industry. The world’s largest Thoroughbred auction house, Keeneland conducts four sales a year, in January, April, September and November, and its sales graduates dominate racing globally at every level. In April and October, Keeneland offers some of the highest caliber and richest Thoroughbred racing in the world. Keeneland hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championships in 2015 and will hold the event again in 2020. Uniquely structured, Keeneland is a private, for-profit corporation that returns its earnings to the industry and the community in the form of higher purses and millions of dollars donated in support of horse industry initiatives and charitable contributions for education, research and health and human services throughout Central Kentucky. To learn more, visit

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