SPINSTER STAKES | PURSE: $500,000 | FILLIES AND MARES | 3-YEAR-OLDS AND UP | GRADE 1 | 1 1/8-MILES
A smashing winner of the Central Bank Ashland Stakes this spring, favored Emollient returned to Keeneland Oct. 6 to capture the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes in another dazzling effort.
The only 3-year-old in the field, Emollient trailed the field into the far turn before unleashing a spectacular drive on the far outside in the stretch under Mike Smith to win convincingly by 1 ¼ lengths in her first try against older rivals.
Emollient produced the victory for Juddmonte Farms, which has sponsored the Spinster since 2005 but had not won the race during that time. Bill Mott trains the daughter of Empire Maker out of the Touch Gold mare Soothing Touch.
The win guarantees a spot in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park for Emollient, who registered her third Grade 1 win of the year in the "Win & You're In" Breeders' Cup Challenge event.
Summer Applause closed willingly racing on the inside of Emollient but could not match the winner late and settled for second in the field of 11, with Wine Princess third. The final time for the 1 ⅛-mile distance on Polytrack was 1:47.75.
Emollient, who received a three-pound weight break while carrying 121, paid $6.60, $4.20, and $4. Summer Applause, ridden by John Velazquez, returned $7.80 and $5.20 while completing a $62.60 exacta. Wine Princess paid $7.40 to show.
Winner of the Ashland by nine lengths April 6, Emollient became the fourth horse to complete the Ashland/Spinster double, following Doubledogdare (1956), Optimistic Gal (1976), and Take Charge Lady (2002).