Glencrest Farm’s Panty Raid ran a disappointing fifth the last time she met rival Lady Joanne. But in the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes (gr. I) (VIDEO) Oct. 7 at Keeneland, the 3-year-old daughter of Include exacted her revenge in convincing fashion, launching an impressive four-wide move in the stretch to defeat Lady Joanne by a half-length.
Riding Panty Raid for the first time, Garrett Gomez sat off the pace while pacesetters Lady Joanne and Sugar Shake dueled through three-quarters of a mile in 1:14.12. By the time the field of 11 reached the top of the lane, Stronach Stable’s Sugar Shake was beginning to tire, while Lady Joanne, who had soundly defeated Panty Raid in the Alabama Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 18 at Saratoga, was doing her best at the rail.
But Gomez, who had rated throughout the backstretch and was as far back as fifth after three-quarters, was just beginning the get the multiple graded-stakes winner in high gear. By the time they reached mid-stretch, Panty Raid had drifted wide but still had enough to reel in the betting favorite with steady urging.
"She ran a big race," trainer Todd Pletcher said. "Obviously, there were some high quality fillies in there. It was a big performance; just shows her versatility."
Said Gomez: "She was all there. My main concern was around the first turn, just getting her off the bridle a little bit. She traveled really well for me."
The final time for 1 1/8 miles was 1:51.30.
The victory earned Panty Raid, who was bred in Kentucky by Heaven Trees Farm, an automatic berth in the $2-million Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Distaff (gr. I) at Monmouth Park Oct. 27. Pletcher was non-commital on the World Championships, saying he would wait to see how Panty Raid came out of the race before deciding on whether to go to New Jersey.
Going off as the second choice, Panty Raid, out of Private Account mare Adventurous Di, paid $8.20 to win. The exacta (2-8) with Lady Joanne was worth $31.40. Joseph Allen’s Teammate finished well to take third, another half-length back.
Panty Raid has now won four races this year, three of them graded stakes. The dark bay filly has done no worse than second in six of eight career starts and has earned more than $1 million.
Sugar Shake held on for fourth, while last year's Spinster champ, Asi Siempre, was never a factor and finished fifth. Trainer Patrick Biancone said the 5-year-old mare will probably be retired.