Coudelaria Jessica Inc.’s Queen’s Award surprised defending champion Madame Giry in deep stretch to win the 17th running of the $100,000 Buffalo Trace Franklin County at Keeneland on Friday.
Trained by Eduardo Caramori and ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Queen’s Award was last in the field of 10 in the run down the backstretch as Bounding Bi raced through the first quarter of a mile in :21.23.
Approaching the far turn, Desormeaux shifted Queen’s Award off the rail and began to move between horses. In the stretch, Queen’s Award swung to the far outside and gradually wore down Madame Giry, who had taken the lead from Sweet Cassiopeia at the sixteenth pole, to complete the 5½ furlongs on a firm turf course in 1:03.12.
“We knew she was running at the end, but we didn’t know if she’d be in time to catch (the leader),” Caramori told Keeneland Publicity. “We got lucky today.”
Queen’s Award is a 6-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro. Friday’s win raised her earnings to $233,344.
Queen’s Award, the second-longest shot in the field, returned $63.80, $20.20 and $10.20. Madame Giry, ridden by Eddie Castro, returned $6.40 and $4.20 with Sweet Cassiopeia finishing third a half-length back under Joe Rocco Jr. and returning $4.20 to show.
Favored Silverette was a neck back in fourth and was followed in order by Magical Moon, Making Waves, Bounding Bi, Dene Court, Trippin’ Along and Lignite.