Baptize Takes Transylvania Stakes

The $100,000-added Transylvania Stakes held on Keeneland's opening day belonged to two 3-year-old sons of Dynaformer.

Baptize and Dynameaux hooked each other at the sixteenth pole and briefly made a battle of it, but it was the favorite Baptize who prevailed at the wire. Jockey Jerry Bailey bided his time through most of the one mile turf race, sitting no farther than fourth from Act of Reform who ran the first quarter in :23.2 and the half in :47. Dynameaux took the lead at the top of the stretch and began pulling away from the rest of the field, but couldn't shake Baptize. Act of Reform held on for third.

Baptize, out of Screening Room (by Storm Cat), crossed the wire in 1:35.28. The Transylvania was the colt's fourth win in six lifetime starts. He has never been worse than second. Baptize is owned by Gary and Mary West and trained by Bill Mott. He was bred in Kentucky by Woods Edge Farm and Michael Riordan and later sold in the Keeneland September yearling sale for $230,000.

Baptize paid $5.40, $3.20, and $2.60. Dynameaux paid $5.80 and $3.80. Act of Reform paid $3.80.