Up Hill Stable and Head of Plains Partners’ Lightstream closed down the center of Keeneland‘s fast dirt track to win Saturday’s G2 Raven Run Stakes by 1 1/4 lengths on the wire. The sophomore daughter of Harlan’s Holiday, under Julien Leparoux, covered seven furlongs in 1:22.68 for trainer Brian Lynch to earn her second lifetime graded stakes victory.
“She really impressed me on the turn when I asked her,” Leparoux said. “She really took off, which actually made me go wider than I wanted to. But she got the job done.”
Lucy N Ethel broke sharply along the inside, but was immediately pressured by Coniah and Curlin’s Approval from her outside, with Covey Trace and Grace’s Treasure tucked in right behind her in a five-way leading group over just two lengths. Lucy N Ethel quickened to draw out her lead to a half-length, covering fractions of :22.50 and :45.30 as Lightstream waited back in eighth position.
Turning for home, Coniah overtook Lucy N Ethel and the 34-1 shot looked confident in mid-stretch, leading by a length. Lightstream had gone wide around the far turn but was making up a lot of ground late, and Leparoux timed her rally perfectly to ensure her victory before the wire. Malibu Stacy came from sixth to finish second, and Coniah held on to be third over Curlin’s Approval.
Bred in Kentucky by Ann Marie Farm, Lightstream was a $ 55,000 Keeneland September Yearling sale purchase. The filly earned placings in G1 events both her two most recent starts, and found the drop back to G2 company to her liking with Saturday’s victory. Overall, Lightstream boasts a record of four wins, a second and a third from six starts, with earnings of over $ 450,000.
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