With Ramon Dominguez aboard for trainer Todd Beattie, Our Khrysty broke awkwardly, came from last after three-quarters, and four-wide off the second turn to pull even with Funny Moon and Alan Garcia in upper stretch. The two favorites locked up in a duel, with Our Khrysty finally pulling ahead in deep stretch to notch her first graded stakes victory.
“I felt like I had a lot of horse (in the stretch), but when I looked at Alan’s filly (Funny Moon), I said ‘Hm, it might not be as easy as I want it to be.’ His filly kept on fighting and at one point I didn’t know if I was going to be able to get up, but my filly was pretty determined to win," Dominguez said.
A 4-year-old filly by Newfoundland out of the Lord Carson mare The Hess Express, Our Khrysty is owned by Renpher Stable. She entered the race off a decisive victory in the Sept. 26 Nellie Bly Stakes at Belmont. This was her sixth win in 17 lifetime starts.
The final time for 1 1/16 miles was 1:43.21. Funny Moon was 4 3/4 lengths clear of third-place Way With Words.
“She had a troublesome break, which cost her to an extent in the beginning," Beattie said. "But Ramon got her to settle in, made a nice ground-saving run around the turn, and then rode the hair off her coming for home. She obviously likes Belmont and the big turns, and runs well here. She’s been troublesome because of her unruliness, but Ramon and the big track have helped her plenty. She’s finally getting her ducks in order. We haven’t settled on a spot yet for her next start, but we like it up here.”
Our Khrysty was bred in Kentucky by Brad Anderson. With her second win in seven starts this year, she increased her lifetime earnings to $283,260.
The winner paid $5.40, $2.70, and $2.20. The exacta (9-1) returned $11.40 and the trifecta (9-1-5) was $35.40.
After longshots Manitoba Miss and Miss Match set a rapid early pace (:23.37 and :46.84), Funny Moon, who had been tracking the leaders for a half-mile, took over approaching the quarter pole and was geared up for her stretch duel. She led narrowly for most of the final furlong before being caught in the final strides.