The Mackem Bullet (IRE) Wins Appalachian Presented by Japan Racing Association
The Mackem Bullet (IRE) Wins Appalachian
Presented by Japan Racing Association
LEXINGTON, KY (April 7, 2019) – Katsumi Yoshida’s The Mackem Bullet (IRE) roared past pacesetting Catch a Thrill in the upper stretch and coasted to a 1¼-length victory over Regal Glory to win the 31st running of the $200,000 Appalachian (G2) Presented by Japan Racing Association for 3-year-old fillies before a crowd of 9,699 on Sunday afternoon.
In the race prior to the Appalachian, LNJ Foxwoods’ Fancy Dress Party ran her unbeaten streak to four with a victory in the 34th running of the $150,000 Beaumont (G3) Presented by Keeneland Select for 3-year-old fillies.
Trained by Wesley Ward and ridden by Tyler Gaffalione, The Mackem Bullet covered the mile on a turf course rated as soft in 1:39.31.
An Irish-bred daughter of Society Rock (IRE) out of the Trade Fair (GB) mare Elkmait (GB), The Mackem Bullet remained in the U.S. with Ward after finishing sixth in the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) at Churchill Downs for her European trainer, Brian Ellison.
Today’s victory was worth $120,000 and increased her earnings to $305,358 with a record of 10-3-2-2.
Catch a Thrill led the field of 11 through fractions of :24.14, :49.21 and 1:14.72 with The Mackem Bullet in closest pursuit. Once in the stretch, The Mackem Bullet shot past and had more than enough left to hold off Regal Glory.
The Mackem Bullet returned $15.20, $6.80 and $4.60. Regal Glory, ridden by Jose Ortiz, returned $4.60 and $3.20 with Princesa Carolina finishing another 2¼ lengths back in third under Brian Hernandez Jr. and paying $4.40 to show.
Hard Legacy finished another three-quarters of a length back in fourth and was followed in order by Winning Envelope, Primela (FR), Catch a Thrill, favored Clause, Angel Alessandra, Naughty Joker and Beautiful Ballad.
Fancy Dress Party Stays Perfect with Beaumont Victory
In the Beaumont, Fancy Dress Party went to the front out of the gate and turned back challenges first from favored Feedback and then from Mother Mother to prevail by a head.
Trained by Ben Colebrook and ridden by Luis Saez, Fancy Dress Party covered a sloppy Beard Course distance of 7 furlongs, 184 feet in 1:28.18.
A Keeneland September Yearling Sale graduate, Fancy Dress Party is a Kentucky-bred daughter of Munnings out of the Matty G mare The Schvagen. The victory was worth $90,000 and increased her earnings to $222,405.
Fancy Dress Party also picked up 10 qualifying points toward the $1.25 million Kentucky Oaks (G1) on May 3 at Churchill Downs. Her current total is far below the current cut line of 50 to make the race, which is limited to the top 14 point earners that pass the entry box.
Fancy Dress Party led the field of five through a first quarter-mile in :22.57 and was joined on the turn by Feedback to her outside through a half-mile in :45.55.
Mother Mother joined the fray in the stretch from the inside and passed Feedback but never could get by the winner.
Fancy Dress Party returned $7.40, $3.20 and $2.20. Mother Mother, ridden by Florent Geroux, returned $3.20 and $2.20 with Feedback finishing another 1¼ lengths back in third and returning $2.20 to show under Irad Ortiz Jr.
It was another 10¼ lengths back to Another Time in fourth with Iva trailing the field.
Racing resumes Wednesday with an eight-race program that begins at 1:05 p.m. ET.
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