10/05/2008 12:00AM

Carriage Trail sets track record in Spinster


LEXINGTON, Ky. – Carriage Trail didn't run straight in Sunday's Grade 1, $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes at Keeneland, but she sure ran fast.

Despite drifting well out into the middle of the racetrack in the stretch, Carriage Trial dominated in the Spinster, a Win and You’re In prep for the Oct. 24 Breeders Cup Ladies' Classic, establishing a track record for 1 1/8 miles by racing the distance in 1:46.77 over Polytrack.

Well positioned by jockey Kent Desormeaux, Carriage Trail took advantage of how the race unfolded on the backstretch when Jibboom and Rosinka engaged early leader Sharp Susan, as they raced a half-mile in 47.42 and six furlongs in 1:11.02.

This left Carriage Trail in a perfect stalking position in fourth, and she pounced on the outside leaving the turn and quickly opened up in the stretch.

From there the outcome was never in doubt, despite Carriage Trail drifting wide under right-handed urging from Desormeaux. She scored by 7 3/4 lengths before a crowd of 12,256.

Desormeaux, who won three races on the day, said Carriage Trail was running so quickly, he did not move to correct her from drifting out.

Winning trainer Shug McGaughey, who trains Carriage Trail for owner Stuart Janney III and the Phipps Stable, said the mare has a history of drifting out in her races, which has cost her on occasion, although not in Spinster. "She was in front, and there wasn't any sense fooling with her," he said.

Carriage Trail's Spinster victory was easily the biggest of her career, and gave McGaughey a record fourth victory in the race, following wins by Try Something New in 1983, Dispute in 1994, and Inside Information in 1995.

Carriage Trail, a 5-year-old daughter of Giants Causeway, paid $9.20 as the second choice in the field of 10.

Model rallied from last for second, 1 1/4 lengths in front of third place Rosinka, who took a brief lead on the final turn.

Unbridled Belle, the 5-2 favorite, lagged in the rear half of the field throughout, running ninth as the favorite in her first start over a synthetic surface.

Indescribable was scratched.

Bittel Road up late to win Bourbon Stakes

Earlier on the Sunday card, Bittel Road reaffirmed his status as one of the leading American prospects for the Oct. 25 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf by winning the Grade 3, $200,0000 Woodford Reserve Bourbon Stakes.

Bittel Road'swin in the Bourbon, a Win and You’re In qualifier for the Juvenile Turf, improved his record to three-for-three, following victories in a maiden race at Belmont and the With Anticipation Stakes at Saratoga.

Although successful, Bittel Road did not look the part of the winner for much of the race. Shuffled back early, he sat 11th of 12 until midway on the final turn, blocked behind a wall of horses in a congested field.

Once clear in the lane, he quickly showed why he had been made the even-money favorite. With a burst of speed, he blew by horses, catching Irish invader Driving Snow in the closing yards to win by a head under Rajiv Maragh, who substituted for John Velazquez, who took off his mounts over the weekend after being shaken up in a spill Friday.

."That was an exceptional finish," Maragh said.

Pacesetting Ninth Client held third, 1 1/2 lengths behind runner-up Driving Snow.

The winner, owned by James T. Scatuorchio and John Iracane and trained by Todd Pletcher, raced 1 1/16 miles on firm turf in 1:44.29. He paid $4.