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Laughing Lashes Aims for Irish Guineas

 

    Returning to the scene of her Group 2 victory as a juvenile, Runnymede-bred Laughing Lashes will try to win the classic Irish One Thousand Guineas (G1) at the Curragh on May 22.
    The gray filly by Mr. Greeley out of Adventure, by Unbridled’s Song, has drawn post 14 in the field of 15 and will be ridden by her regular partner, top Irish jockey Fran Berry. Laughing Lashes (Michele MacDonald/Full Stride photo)
    Rain that fell for much of the day on May 21 could make the course softer and thus more to the filly’s liking than the firm going she found when unplaced in the English One Thousand Guineas (G1) at Newmarket on May 1.
    Bred in partnership with Robert P. Levy and sold for $100,000 at the 2009 Keeneland September yearling sale to agent Ben McElroy, Laughing Lashes won the Keeneland Debutante Stakes (G2) and finished second to champion Misty For Me in the Moyglare Stud Stakes (G1) at the Curragh last year.
    Following her impressive juvenile campaign, Laughing Lashes was purchased by American owner Betty Moran, who has kept the filly with trainer Jessica Harrington in Ireland. Harrington also trains Runnymede-bred juvenile filly Silver Sycamore, who will be raced in Europe this year in partnership with Chris Zinkhan.
    The early favorite for the Irish One Thousand Guineas is Derrick Smith, Susan Magnier and Michael Tabor’s Together, who finished second in the English One Thousand Guineas won by Godolphin's Blue Bunting. Laughing Lashes defeated Together in the Keeneland Debutante and finished ahead of her in the Moyglare.