Plenty of Light Shines in Spinster

Plenty of Light Shines in Spinster
Photo: Associated Press/ Rob Carr
Jockey Garrett Gomez rides Plenty of Light to victory in the Spinster Stakes Saturday afternoon at Keeneland.
Plenty of Light moved ahead of Spain while wide of that rival and drew away on the backstretch to a commanding lead en route to winning the $543,500 Three Chimneys Spinster Stakes (gr. I) by 3 1/2 lengths over Spain Saturday at Keeneland. Under Garrett Gomez, Plenty of Light completed the 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.18 over a fast track. Roza Robata was third, 2 1/2 lengths behind Spain. 2-5 favorite Heritage of Gold never made a run and finished 4 1/2 lengths behind Roza Robata, with Ruby Surprise fifth, and Tutorial sixth.

Plenty of Light set fast fractions of :46.20 and 1:10 and cruised to the wire while never challenged after establishing a clear lead in the early going. The winner returned $9.60, $5 and $9.40. Spain paid $6 and $10.40. Roza Robata was worth $13 to show. The winning exacta paid $57.20.

Heritage of Gold finished 11 lengths behind Point of Light with jockey Shane Sellers aboard. She entered the race with championship hopes, winning five of six starts with victories over Beautiful Pleasure, Lu Ravi and Silverbulletday this year.

"I asked Shane first thing how she felt out there, and he just felt that she came out flat," trainer Tom Amoss said. "I didn't think she was ever on track well at all."

"She really seemed to have trouble with the turns today and her action was a little too high," Sellers said of Heritage of Gold. "When she does that, it aggravates her and that really tires her out. When I called on her, she just didn't have anything left. She had used it all up."

Plenty of Light (Colony Light--Iceycindy, by Northrop), a 3-year-old, is trained by Elliott Walden for owners Aaron and Marie Jones. She was bred in Florida by J D Farm and earned $336,970 for the victory, her fifth in seven career races. Prior to the Spinster, Plenty of Light finished second to Critical Eye in the Gazelle Handicap (gr. I), battling to the wire after setting fast fractions. The Spinster is her first graded stakes win. While trained by Leo Azpurua, she won the OBS Championship Stakes.

"She's a fast filly, a big strong filly," Walden said. "She's just now learning how to run and is only going to get better. I think she's going to be awesome as a 4-year-old." (Chart, Equibase)

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