04/13/2013 4:25PM

Keeneland: Last Full Measure goes from last to first in Madison

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Last Full Measure scored a 17-1 upset in the Grade 1 Madison Stakes at Keeneland on Saturday for her first stakes victory.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Last Full Measure had none of her nine opponents beaten passing the quarter pole Saturday, but on the wire, the 5-year-old mare had her first stakes victory when she rolled to a 17-1 upset in the Grade 1, $300,000 Madison Stakes at Keeneland.

Making her first start in a one-turn race, Last Full Measure and jockey Corey Nakatani outran Byrama and Joel Rosario in the final 100 yards to win by a neck. Jamaican Smoke, who led most of the seven-furlong race, faded to third, another 1 1/4 lengths back, with Drama Drama along for fourth.

“My trip was great,” said Nakatani. “I just let her jump out of there and settle, and then she came and got them on the wire.

Last Full Measure, bred and owned by St. George Farm Racing LLC, returned $37.60 to win after finishing in 1:23.32 over Polytrack. A daughter of Empire Maker, Last Full Measure had run almost exclusively in grass routes, with all but one of her 10 prior starts coming in that niche.

For trainer Phil Oliver, the victory was the first in a Grade 1 race and his first in a stakes at Keeneland.

“I guess it took me a while to figure out maybe she wanted to go the one turn,” said Oliver. “We just took a shot here and it panned out.”

An objection by Rosario for alleged interference in upper stretch was not allowed.

The $2 exacta (5-1) paid $243; the $1 trifecta (5-1-6) returned $745; and the 10-cent superfecta (5-1-6-8) was worth $481.29.