La Coronel took a rail trip to kick clear in the Keeneland stretch on Thursday, winning the Grade 3 Appalachian Stakes by daylight under jockey Florent Geroux. After sitting behind early leader Like a Hurricane for much of the one-mile turf contest, the Mark Casse trainee found running room on the inside early in the stretch and opened up to win by three and a quarter lengths.
John Oxley owns the 3-year-old daughter of Colonel John out of Chester House mare Listen. The race is the second graded stakes win for La Coronel, who also won the G3 Jessamine during Keeneland’s fall 2016 meet.
Morticia was second, followed by Proctor’s Ledge.
The win earned Oxley a commemorative tray as the race was his eighth graded stakes victory at Keeneland. He is only the nineteenth owner to receive such an honor.
La Coronel was bred in Kentucky by Kim and Rodney Nardelli, Susan Bunning, and A. and B. Jaffreys. She was a $ 37,000 yearling purchase at Fasig-Tipton October by agents Teresa and David Palmer, and was pinhooked as a 2-year-old for $ 375,000 at OBS April. There, she was consigned by Winners Circle Thoroughbreds and purchased by East-West Stable.
The final time was 1:37.12.
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