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2009 Stephen Foster Day Results

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Keertana wins the 2009 Regret Stakes
Keertana wins the 2009 Regret Stakes

Keertana wins the 2009 Regret Stakes at Churchill Downs

© Vanessa Ng
The $150,000 Regret Stakes (G3) was the last race on the card, for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles. Prytania was sent off as the 2-1 favorite in the field of 8, exiting a fourth place finish in the American 1000 Guineas at Arlington last out. Hot Cha Cha, winner of the Bourbonette Oaks but 5th in the 1000 Guineas was the 3-1 second choice over two fillies at 6-1, allowance winners Keertana and The Best Day Ever.

Oculuna set the early pace of 24.73, 50.48, and 1:15.00 while being stalked by Super Poni and Keertana. Entering the stretch, Oculuna tired allowing Keertana to take over the lead at the 3/16 pole. The Best Day Over closed well on the outside but Keertana held her off by a neck to get the win in 1:52.02 over the good turf course. It was another neck back to Hot Cha Cha third, while favorite Prytania raced at the back of the field early and showed nothing late, finishing 7th.

Winning jockey Robby Albarado, celebrating his 5th win of the afternoon said, "Days like today you want to show up and your horses show up as well. I had some great trips and was well mounted all day. I got to ride a really good 2-year-old filly (Hot Dixie Chick) for Steve Asmussen who broke a track record (5f in 58.48), Macho Again, and this filly (Keertana). This filly just keeps getting better with every race. She broke very sharp today and put herself in a forward position. As we went on the backside I felt a little pressure when a couple of the horses started making a move. She turned them away and then held off the late closing (The Best Day Ever)."

Trainer Tom Proctor said she would go next in the Virginia Oaks at Colonial Downs.
Results chart from DRF

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