Key of Life Rockets take first Stakes victory in Myrtlewood
Key of Life a dominant Myrtlewood winner (Keeneland Photo)
LEXINGTON, Ky.— Flurry Racing Stables LLC and Hoffman Family Racing, LLC’s key of life became a stakes winner with an impressive win in the $200,000 Myrtlewood for Juvenile Fillies at Keeneland.
Under Florent Geroux, Key of Life came through the gate quickly in the six furlong sprint and took the lead, winning the stakes someone’s problem challenging the pace half a length behind. During an opening quarter of 22.34 and a half of 45.91, Key of Life continued to lead under a hand, increasing their advantage to three lengths at eighth pole.
Allocation winner Lady Radler launched a late rail rally but was no match for Key of Life, who crossed the wire six lengths and three quarters ahead, stopping the clock in 1:11.09. Five-eights went 58.11.
Lady Radler and Julien Leparoux were clearly second, finishing six and a half lengths ahead Baby is stepping back and Irad Ortiz, Jr. Behind them were Support Briana, satin doll, Two minute exercise, Flemishsomeone’s problem, willow bendand Champagne time. Alva Starr was scratched.
As a 3-5 favorite, Key of Life paid $3.34, $2.60 and $2.20. 30-1 longshot Lady Radler returned $16.98 and $7.24. Baby Got Backspin at 9-1 rewarded $3.96 for the show.
Trained by Brad Cox, Key of Life entered Myrtlewood after two wins, most recently at Keeneland on October 7. In August, she snapped her maiden on second demand on the Churchill Downs oval. If it hadn’t been for a very slow start on his June debut, his entry effort might have been his fourth straight win.
When asked if her filly would expand to routing at the age of three, Cox said it would be a gradual process. “If we were to stretch it, we would do it gradually. I’m not sure it will last long. Her pedigree says she wants more ground, but she’s very well built and she’s fast, so we don’t want to take away her speed, trying to do something she’s not comfortable doing. TO DO.
“We will let her tell us over time. She might stretch as she gets older, but so far we’re pretty happy with how she’s doing.
A bay girl from Mo Town, Key of Life became her father’s first Stakes winner in Myrtlewood. She is out of the mare Harlan’s Holiday, Longride to Wisdom. Key to Life was a $350,000 purchase by Flurry Racing Stable during the 2022 OBS April Two-Year-Olds in Training sale. As a yearling, she was sold for just $42,000. At this point in her young career, she has amassed earnings of $263,710.
Key of Life was bred in Kentucky by Moreau Bloodstock International, Inc.
By Amber Joyce, Editor-in-Chief
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