Swingit, a 15-1 outsider, rallied from last place Thursday at Keeneland to win the $125,000 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine Stakes.Still fourth with an eighth of a mile remaining, the daughter of Victory Gallop was maneuvered to the inside by jockey Brian Hernandez, Jr. and defeated favored Audacious Chloe by a neck."Last time out, we kind of got pinned on the inside," said Hernandez.
"She was a little hesitant being in between horses. Today, we got her back and got her around everyone. She came running late."Audacious Chloe, who maintained the early lead under John Velazquez, held on for second, 2 ¼ lengths back in front of third-place Street Sounds in the field of seven 2-year-old fillies.Time for the 1 1/16 miles on the firm turf was 1:43.37.Swingit won for the second time in four career starts and earned $77,500 for owner Robert Hovelson. Hal Wiggins trained the winner, who increased her career earnings to $98,350."I trained her mama (Free Ransom) for Mr. Hovelson," said Wiggins.
"She was a nice allowance winner, so it kinda makes me feel a little old when I start training these offspring of these old mares."The winner paid $32.80, $7.20, and $4.20. Audacious Chloe, winner of the Junior Champion Stakes on the turf at Monmouth Park in August, returned $3.20 and $2.40. Street Sounds paid $3.40.
With two victories Thursday, Julien Leparoux increased his win total for the meet to 28 and stretched his lead to three over Rafael Bejarano in the jockey standings. Bejarano rode one winner.