Jibboom Explodes in Lexus Raven Run

Jibboom Explodes in Lexus Raven Run
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Jibboom captures her first graded stakes in the Raven Run at Keeneland.
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Juddmonte Farms’ Jibboom came into the Lexus Raven Run (gr. II) (VIDEO) off two seconds in allowance company, was making just her fourth career start, and had to run down 12 other fillies. But Oct. 20, going seven furlongs over Keeneland’s Polytrack, the filly won her first graded stakes event with a bang.

Under Robby Albarado, the 3-year-old daughter of Mizzen Mast   raced fourth, followed Exciting Justice and Her Majesty as they battled through early fractions of :22.61 and :45.69 with Seaside Affair close in third. At the head of the stretch, she split horses three wide and took the lead, increasing her advantage with every stride. West Coast Swing was well back in second, while Mini Sermon finished third. The final time was 1:22.01, with a winning margin of 4 1/2 lengths.

Trained by Bobby Frankel and saddled by assistant Scott Hansen, Jibboom returned $33.60, $11.80, and $6.80, while West Coast Swing brought $3.80 and $3.20, and Mini Sermon paid $5. Look Deep, Over the Edge, Exciting Justice, Quota, Swiss Diva, Her Majesty, High Cholesterol, Seaside Affair, Shesa Little Flirt, and My Fair El completed the order of finish.

Jibboom, a daughter of the Gone West mare Palisade bred in Kentucky by Juddmonte, had been entered in the Oct. 19 Pin Oak Valley View (gr. IIIT), but only made the also-eligible list and did not draw into the race.

“I guess fate worked out perfectly,” said Juddmonte Farm Manager Garrett O’ Rourke. “We’ve always had a very high opinion of this filly, who is out of our own stallion Mizzen Mast, which made it doubly delightful.”

Jibboom broke her maiden at first asking at the Fair Grounds Jan. 14, and ran second a month later before being sidelined until a second-place finish at Belmont Park in September.

“She hasn’t run a bad race,” O’Rourke said, “but while her form was impressive, there was nothing in there to suggest she was this good. She exceeded my expectations today, but she deserved something big like this. She’s a very talented filly who had a few issues, nothing really serious. Sometimes fillies like that can miss the boat, so it’s neat when you can aim for the big race like this and give her a chance to redeem herself, which she did today.”

O’Rourke said he did not know where the filly’s next start would be, but mentioned stretching her out to longer distances and racing her next year.

“We’ll have to let the owners decide, but it looks like she could be something special and come back longer next year,” he said.

(Chart, Equibase)

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