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Miss Yearwood’s Stamina Evident in Keertana Victory

Miss Yearwood  was a promising filly around two turns, winning two such races and earning an initial stakes placing. But her calling is proving to be three-turn turf marathons.

The 4-year-old daughter of Will Take Charge  improved to 2-for-4 under such conditions in taking the $223,678 Keertana Stakes at Churchill Downs May 27, rallying from 11th and catching Lovely Princess  for her first stakes win. The Ian Wilkes trainee scored her second consecutive victory at 1 1/2 miles after capturing a second-level allowance race last month at Keeneland.

A quick pace of :48.38,1:13.57, and 1:38.97 established by Exit Soul  and Sinfiltre  set Saturday’s race up for a closer, and no one finished better than Miss Yearwood, who circled the field wide on the final turn under Chris Landeros. She collared early stretch leader Lovely Princess , who had taken command in early stretch from third, and gradually drove clear by a length. The winner was timed in 2:27.45 on firm turf and returned $5.98 for a $2 win wager.

“She came with a huge run and really exploded late down the lane,” Landeros.

Grade 3 winner Sparkle Blue  ran third, 2 1/2 lengths behind runner-up Lovely Princess .

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Owned and bred by Roger Keith Long, Miss Yearwood is the first stakes winner from the Phipps Stable-raced mare Satisfaction  (Awesome Again ) from four foals to race. She is one of two foals produced from her dam to have graded placings.

Video: Keertana S. (BT)

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