Calumet Farm’s 16-1 longshot Quiet Business took command in the final furlong to win the 1½-mile Bewitch (G3) before 18,057 fans at Keenelandon Friday’s closing day of the 2017 Spring Meet.
Quiet Business, a 4-year-old daughter of Quiet American, was ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr., who won two races on Friday. She is trained by George R. “Rusty” Arnold II.
“We learned a lot about this filly last fall with how she wanted to run,” explained Hernandez. “(Last October at Keeneland in a 1 3/16-mile allowance race), we kind of rushed her into the race and she didn’t care for that so much. When we got her back to Churchill (for a November race going 1 3/8 miles, we made her wait and from the three-eighths pole home that day she ran home really, really good (to win by three-quarters of a length). So that was our plan today. We wanted to get her in a nice rhythm and make sure that last three-eighths of a mile to have her running. She showed today that’s what she wants to do.”
Second choice Daring Duchess led the field of five through most of the turf marathon, setting fractions of :25.64, :50.16, 1:15.10, 1:40.39 and 2:05.90. Quiet Business overtook the leader and went on to post a one-length victory in 2:31.50 on the firm course.
“This is just fate. We got lucky,” Arnold said. “We entered her in an allowance race that didn’t go and forgot to nominate her (to the race. Keeneland Racing Secretary) Ben (Huffman) told me, ‘Supplement her (to the Bewitch).’ I didn’t want to do it. I didn’t want to do it. When it came up a small field, we did it.”
The victory was worth $ 93,000 and increased Quiet Business’ career earnings to $ 180,558 with a record of three wins in 11 starts. The Calumet homebred is out of the A.P. Indy mare Indy Business.
Quiet Business paid $ 34.20, $ 9.80 and $ 4.20. Daring Duchess, with Julien Leparoux aboard, returned $ 4.60 and $ 3.20. Dyna’s Recoleta, ridden by Jose Lezcano, finished 6¾ lengths behind in third and paid $ 3.60. She was followed in order by Inchargeofme (GB) and 4-5 favorite Earring. Arles (FR) was scratched.
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