Carriage Trail Scores in Doubledogdare
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Carriage Trail holds off Say You Will to take the Doubledogdare at Keeneland.

Stuart Janney III and Phipps Stable’s Carriage Trail broke to an early lead and never gave it up, outlasting six rivals in the $125,000 Doubledogdare (gr. III) (VIDEO) to win by 1 ¼ lengths in Keeneland’s April 18 feature.

Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, who has a meet-best 17 wins, Carriage Trail earned her first stakes victory while going off at 9-1. The 5-year-old Giant's Causeway   mare is trained by Shug McGaughey.

Carriage Trail completed the 1 1/16 miles on Polytrack in 1:42.51. Say You Will, under Julien Leparoux, rallied three-wide on the final turn to get second, a half-length in front of Indescribable. Meribel was fourth, while even-money favorite Panty Raid, who was making her first start since November, tired in the stretch to finish last.

A Kentucky homebred, Carriage Trail won for the fourth time in 10 lifetime starts. Her last victory was at Keeneland’s 2007 spring meet when she took an allowance event by a length. Most recently, she was sixth in the April 9 Madison Stakes (gr. II).

Breaking from post four, Desormeaux brought Carriage Trail right to the front, posting a modest opening quarter of :25.27. Marquee Delivery was tracking in second, while Panty Raid pressed three-wide.

It stayed that way through four furlongs in :49.04, but as they made their way through the turn Marquee Delivery began to drop back while Indescribable began her three-wide move under Edgar Prado to take over second. Panty Raid was right there as well, but still was 1 ½ lengths in back of the leader at the top of the stretch.

Carriage Trail was not about to relinquish her advantage in that final furlong, as she maintained a clear lead to the wire.

“This filly, I tell you, we started running about the mile pole,” Desormeaux said. “It wasn’t that much of a theft from there; she had to be a racehorse. She put ‘em away and regained the lead. When you see us quickening in the replay at the half-mile pole, she actually was able to get a second breather. When she cornered for home, she just took flight and started reaching for the wire.”

Out of the Seeking the Gold mare Manoa, Carriage Trail banked $77,500 for the score. She paid $21.20, $7.80 and $5.40. The exacta (4-2) returned $138.20, while the $1 trifecta (4-2-3) netted $297.

Todd Pletcher trainee Panty Raid, who won the Spinster (gr. I) at Keeneland last fall, faded badly in the stretch after being in perfect position with a furlong remaining.

“We were laying second and when it came time to run, she ran for about an eighth of a mile and that was it,” said jockey Garrett Gomez. “That’s about all I can say.”

(Chart, Equibase)

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