Updated on 09/17/2011 1:26PM

Intercontinental sweeps to Jenny Wiley victory

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Intercontinental wins the $110,300 Jenny Wiley Stakes at Keeneland on Sunday.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Intercontinental did not get to run her usual way in Sunday's $110,300 Jenny Wiley Stakes at Keeneland. But she got her usual result, a victory.

Making a wide, sweeping rally - instead of a short burst in the style of most former European turf horses - she scored a length victory over Ocean Drive before a record Sunday crowd of 21,766 at Keeneland.

The race did not set up how jockey Jerry Bailey had hoped. He had little choice but to place her on the outside in fifth, 2.5 lengths off the pace, as longshot Virgin Voyage set slow fractions 48.18 seconds and 1:12.16 for the 1 1/16-mile turf race.

Sensing the easy pace and without an option of advancing toward the inside, Bailey made his move aboard the winner, and she quickly pulled within range of the leaders with a wide rally.

"She's a European cover-up, late runner, so I had to adjust her style," he said. "She had to make more of a long, sustained run."

Ocean Drive, who had stalked the pace in third for much of the race, tried to rally with the winner but could not withstand the winner's kick. She raced head and head with Intercontinental in early stretch, before Intercontinental edged clear.

"When we're coming down the lane, she just gave me every ounce she had," said John Velazquez, Ocean Drive's rider. "She didn't want to give up an inch."

Madeira Mist finished a length and a half behind Ocean Drive in third. Vanguardia, Coney Kitty, Film Maker, Vespers and Virgin Voyage completed the order of finish.

Owned by Juddmonte Farm and trained by Bobby Frankel, Intercontinental improved her record to six wins from 11 starts. The Grade 3 Jenny Wiley was her first graded stakes victory, and came following an allowance victory at Santa Anita Mar. 28. Previously, she had raced in France, where she was Group 1 placed.

Intercontinental raced 1 1/16 miles on firm turf in 1:41.41, including a final sixteenth in 5.98 seconds.

* In the sixth race Sunday, 2003 Canadian Triple Crown winner Wando ($7.40) made a successful return, outclassing an allowance field in his first start as a 4-year-old. He defeated favored Miesque's Approval by three-quarters of a length, running 1 1/16 miles on firm turf in 1:41.84.