Returning from an absence of more than seven months, Gypsy Robin dictated the tempo and was never headed while winning the $150,000 Beaumont Stakes (gr. II) (VIDEO) before 19,371 at Keeneland April 15.
Keeneland announced an attendance record for the three-day Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I) weekend with a total of 79,718. It was highlighted by a single day attendance mark of 40,617 for the April 14 Blue Grass card. The previous weekend record was 73,187 in 2007.
Ridden by Jeffrey Sanchez, 2-1 shot Gypsy Robin got away with fractions of 24.15 and :49.10 on the Keeneland Polytrack and would not be caught in the stretch, winning by three lengths over 11-10 choice Sacristy. The final time over the Beard Course (seven furlongs and 184 feet) was 1:28.46, more than four seconds off the track mark.
Wesley Ward trains and co-owns the 3-year-old daughter of Daaher along with King 9 Stables of New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker, Gatewood Bell, and Bret Jones. Gypsy Robin was making her first appearance since winning the Sorority Stakes at Monmouth Park Sept. 5 and sustaining a knee injury. The bay filly had a pair of published workouts over the Keeneland track after moving north from Palm Meadows Training Center last month.
Bred in Kentucky by Cloyce C. Clark Jr., Gypsy Robin is out the Indian Charlie mare Feisty Princess. She was a $27,000 buy at the 2010 Keeneland September yearling sale.
Gypsy Robin was one of only two stakes winners in the Beaumont along with the more preferred Sacristy in the field of six sophomore fillies. Sacristy won the Old Hat Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park in January but was coming off a distant third-place finish behind emerging star Broadway's Alibi in the Forward Gal Stakes (gr. II) Jan. 29.
Sanchez guided Gypsy Robin to the lead over Livi Makenzie and Sacristy and slowed the field to a crawl up the backstretch while staked to a comfortable advantage. Gypsy Robin was in command rounding the bend as Sacristy, ridden by Julien Leparoux, mounted a challenge while progressing four wide into the lane. But Gypsy Robin responded when asked by Sanchez and was never seriously threatened, gradually widening her lead through the homestretch.
“I tried to run the same way as at Monmouth Park when she won (the Sorority)," Sanchez said. "I put her into the lead and tried to put everyone else to sleep.”
Sacristy was second by 2 3/4 lengths over Livi Makenzie. They were followed by Milania, Piskacha, and Born Bullish.
“It was a very good trip, but no pace," Leparoux said of his ride on Sacristy. "She ran good.”
Gypsy Robin began her career with a maiden victory going 4 1/2 furlongs at Keeneland a year ago. She won for the third time in five lifetime starts.
Her career includes a trip to Royal Ascot last June, when she was seventh in the Queen Mary Stakes (Eng-II) in her second start. Gypsy Robin returned to the United States to run fourth in last summer's Schuylerville Stakes (gr. III) at Saratoga Racecourse prior to winning the Sorority. She has now earned $185,000.
Gypsy Robin paid $6.60, $3.40, $2.60. Peachtree Stable's Sacristy, trained by Wayne Catalano, returned $2.80 and $2.20, The exacta was worth $13.80. Livi Makenzie paid $2.80 in her stakes debut for trainer Ron Moquett.