Lear's Princess wins a thriller in debut!!!
Despite jockey Elvis Trujillo misjudging the wire, Lear's Princess scored an impressive debut win on April 26th at Keeneland. The race took on an odd complexion after Lear's Princess struck the lead in the stretch. Jockey Elvis Trujillo, making his first start at Keeneland, misjudged the finish line thinking that the finish line used in mile and a sixteenth races was the main finish line. Trujillo stood up in the irons at the sixteenth pole, but Lear's Princess remained resolute scoring a nose victory at the wire.
Lear's Princess got into position to win the race by breaking alertly then settling into a comfortable stride early. She was unhurried by Trujillo as he allowed Lear's Princess to settle in seventh through the first quarter-mile. Trujillo asked Lear's Princess for some run with three furlongs to run, and she responded with a sweeping six wide move on the turn. Lear's Princess continued advancing through the turn and drew on nearly even terms at the top of the stretch. When roused in the stretch she kicked in again and surged to the front. She was able to withstand the odd conclusion to score the victory.
Kiaran's assistant and brother Neil said, "I don't think any of us expected that kind of finish. We can laugh now because we won the race, but that was one of the most unusual finishes you'll ever see in a horse race. Overall, this was a great horse race, and I think we have just scratched the surface with a filly that could be very talented. I told Elvis before the race that this course rides a lot like a turf course. He didn't have to hustle the filly, and I told him the outside was not a bad place to be. I told him to ride his race and let the filly come to him. He did just that and the filly did the rest. Next time, I might advise him to ride the whole race."
Elvis Trujillo said, "This is a very nice filly. The course did ride a lot like turf, and she went really well. I asked her to go at the three-eighths pole and she went. I asked her again in the stretch and she gave me more. I am glad everything worked out."
Lear's Princess earned $31,180 for the win. What an exciting way to make your debut!