Lexington, KY — Hambletonian Oaks winner When Dovescry took control early and turned away all challengers with a swift final quarter to win the first of two divisions of the $218,000 Bar Hopping Bluegrass Stakes — sponsored by the Bar Hopping Syndicate and Hanover Shoe Farms — on the Sunday (Sept. 29) program at The Red Mile.
Driver Simon Allard sent the Muscle Hill-Cedar Dove filly to the point from post six while pylon-starter Golden Tricks pushed for the pocket. When Dovescry led uncontested through a :27.1 first quarter and :55.3 half before facing first-over pressure from Fade Into You rounding the final turn.
Fade Into You, tracked by 3-5 favorite Millies Possesion, drew within a length of the lead passing three-quarters in 1:23.4 but quickly retreated entering the stretch. Golden Tricks gave chase from second while Millies Possesion attempted to recoup lost ground in third while the Rene Allard trainee floated to a 1:50.1 mile.
“You know what, she trained me,” Rene Allard said after the race. “When you get a horse like that, they’re just so special. To be able to buy one like that and have it, she makes my job so easy. Probably anybody can do what she’s doing; it’s her, not me.
“Late in the mile she drifts out a little bit but we’re going to make a little adjustment on the equipment. We’ve been playing with the Murphy blind a little bit. If you put it too close to her eyes she’ll run in and if you put it too far she runs out.”
Bred by William Weaver III and owned by Go Fast Stable, Yves Sarrazin, Kapildeo Singh and Lawrence Dumain, When Dovescry won her ninth race from 16 career starts, earning $696,226. She paid $4.80 to win.