Friday, April 17, 2009


Afternoon Stroll Puts Nose In Front To Win Appalachian


Lexington, Ky. (April 16, 2009)—Afternoon Stroll stuck her nose in front at the finish Thursday at Keeneland to win the $100,000, Grade 3 Appalachian Stakes for 3-year-old fillies.

The daughter of Stroll had the lead in midstretch, gave it up to Hot Cha Cha and then fought back to win in the final stride under Jamie Theriot. Time for the one mile on the turf was 1:37.67.


Hot Cha Cha appeared to be the winner under Orlando Mojica but had to settle for second, a length in front of third-place Fast Tigress. Our Dahlia was another three-quarters of a length back in fourth.

Kent Desormeaux aboard Our Dahlia lodge an “objection” against the winner but it was disallowed.

Afternoon Stroll won for the third time in seven career starts and earned $62,000 for owners Blazing Meadows Farm LLC and Rick Claypool. She is trained by Timothy Hamm and won the Coca-Cola Bassinet Stakes at River Downs last year.

“She had a very nice work here, five-eighths of a mile (in 1:00.80 on April 9), and it looked like she handled the turf that morning,” said Theriot. “I called on her, and she was full of run today, really gunning down the lane.”

The winner paid $102.60 as a 50-1 outsider in the field reduced to nine starters when morning-line favorite April Pride (GB) was scratched after injuring herself in the paddock.


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