Society Hostess Last to First in Franklin County

(from Keeneland report)
Favored Society Hostess rallied from last place after a half-mile under jockey Garrett Gomez to win the $113,100 Buffalo Trace Franklin County Stakes Thursday at Keeneland.

Originally scheduled for 5 ½ furlongs on the turf, the race for fillies and mares was moved to the Polytrack surface and run at six furlongs following a mid-afternoon downpour. The winning time was 1:09.59.

It was the fourth win in five starts since the 4-year-old daughter of Seeking the Gold was shipped to North America from Europe, where she raced last year at 3.

Still last approaching the top of the stretch, Society Hostess charged through an opening while five wide and surged past her eight rivals to win by two lengths. Bright Gold finished second by a neck over Gilded Gold.

The winner, trained by Christophe Clement, earned $70,122 for Walter Haefner's Moyglare Stud Farm Ltd. She improved her record to seven wins in 14 starts with earnings of $287,610.

Society Hostess paid $5.80, $4 and $2.80. Bright Gold returned $6.20 and $3.60 and Gilded Gold paid $2.60.

Julien Leparoux, the nation's leading jockey by victories, rode four winners Thursday to take a one-win lead over Rafael Bejarano in the Keeneland jockey standings with 19 wins. Leparoux won the third on Wundelia ($4.40), the fifth on Mary Delaney ($5), the sixth on Rutledge Ballado ($32.20) and the seventh on Any Given Saturday ($6.80).

(Chart, Equibase)