Runnymede-bred Bizzy Caroline, a daughter of Afleet Alex, showed she has a promising future when she seized the lead out of the gate and dominated a field of ten in 1 3/16-mile Keeneland maiden special weight race on yielding turf.
Sent off the favorite and ridden by Alan Garcia, Bizzy Caroline displayed fierce determination, dueling head and head early with Cass’ Lady before dispatching that rival and drawing away to win by 2 ½ lengths over the Phipps Stable’s Abaco.
“She ran super,” said trainer Ken McPeek, who has picked out an allowance race at Churchill Downs in mid-May for Bizzy Caroline’s next start. “She could easily be a stakes horse. I’m going to see if she can jump through the next hoop and then see if we can find a stakes for her.”
About a month prior to her win, Bizzy Caroline had finished third in a one-mile maiden special weight race on the turf at Gulfstream Park, and she clearly relished the longer distance of the race at Keeneland on April 28.
Runnymede Chairman Catesby W. Clay, who races Bizzy Caroline and bred her in partnership with the farm, was on hand at Keeneland to enjoy the victory with his wife, Elizabeth “Biz” Clay, and six of their grandchildren. The filly was named after two of the Clays’ granddaughters, who greeted her in the winner’s circle.
Bizzy Caroline is the second winner produced by Sacre Coeur, a daughter of Saint Ballado out of Runnymede’s foundation mare Kazadancoa, dam of three graded stakes winners. Sacre Coeur has a yearling colt by Elusive Quality and has been bred this season to Divine Park, the Runnymede-bred winner of the Metropolitan Handicap (G1).