Oct 12, 2012 6:35 PM
Nutmeg Stable's Madame Giry rushed past Bounding Bi at the eighth pole and drew off to a 2 ½-length victory in the 16th running of the $100,000 Buffalo Trace Franklin County for fillies and mares before a crowd of 19,052 on Friday afternoon at Keeneland.
The victory was the fifth straight for Madame Giry, all under jockey Eddie Castro, and gave trainer Cam Gambolati his first victory at Keeneland. Madame Giry covered the 5 ½ furlongs on a firm turf course in 1:03.12.
Favored Inspired took the lead out of the gate and opened a daylight advantage over Bounding Bi with Madame Giry tracking the leaders from midpack. On the far turn, Bounding Bi went after Inspired while Castro angled Madame Giry to the four path for clear sailing.
Bounding Bi opened a clear advantage at the head of the stretch but could not hold off the winner. Sensible Lady rallied to finish third, a length in back of Bounding Bi and a nose ahead of Maple Forest.
The victory was worth $60,000 and increased Madame Giry's earnings to $266,280 with a record of 9-5-1-0. Madame Giry is a 3-year-old Maryland-bred daughter of Castledale (IRE) out of the First Trump (GB) mare Ballet Partner (GB).
Sent off as the second choice in the field of 10, Madame Giry returned $7.60, $4.80 and $3.60. Bounding Bi, ridden by James Graham, returned $9.60 and $5 with Sensible Lady, under Xavier Perez, paying $3.20 to show.
Maple Forest was fourth, and was followed in order by You Need Me, Formal Plan, Inspired, Yournotthebossofme, Georgie's Angel and Speedacious.
The 29th running of the $400,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) for 3-year-old fillies going 1 1/8 miles on the turf headlines Saturday's 10-race program that begins at 1:05 p.m. (ET). The QE II will go as the day's ninth race with a 5:21 p.m. post time.