West Point Thoroughbreds’ pretty grey filly Lavender Chrissie made her first try around two turns a winning one on Saturday at Keeneland. After breaking well, she relaxed beautifully for jockey Corey Lanerie in the early going while racing along the inside. She made a nice move on the far turn, took command, and held sway.
“She’s a quirky filly,” said WPT EVP Jeff Lifson. “After a poor performance in the Eight Belles in May, she dropped some weight and didn’t thrive over the summer. Dale and his team were patient with her and she turned the corner. Her race at Kentucky Downs off the layoff was disappointing, but that turf course is so tricky. We’ve thought all along she’d handle two turns because she has such good rhythm and cadence galloping.”
“I’ve always been very high on Lavender Chrissie,” said trainer Dale Romans. “Her win down at Gulfstream this winter was very impressive. It’s taken a while, but it’s great to see her back in good form. We have her going the right way and I think she’ll have a strong four-year-old year.”
Lavender Chrissie is by Scat Daddy out of the Rubiano mare Lavender Baby. Terry Finley and the West Point buying team purchased her at the 2013 Keeneland September Yearling Sale.