04/20/2012 5:16PM

Keeneland: Patchattack game in Doubledogdare victory


LEXINGTON, Ky. – On a day that otherwise belonged to jockey Julien Leparoux, who rode a record-tying six winners, Pachattack and jockey Rajiv Maragh won the Grade 3, $100,000 Doubledogdare on Friday at Keeneland.

Leparoux did do his best to grab all the headlines himself. He guided his mount, Kathmanblu, to a clear lead in the early running of the Doubledogdare, and she proved a stubborn foe for Pachattack. Pachattack advanced from third into second on the second turn, and gradually edged past Kathmanblu to win by a neck. She raced 1 1/16 miles on Polytrack in 1:43.75 and paid $3.40 as the favorite in the field of six.

“She shows a lot of guts and she just prevailed at the end,” said Maragh. “It was two nice fillies coming down the lane.”

Leparoux said his confidence level grew in the early stages of the race aboard Kathmanblu, as she settled into a comfortable pace. She set fractions of 24.18 seconds, 48.17 and 1:12.91.

“I was thinking I could get it,” he said of winning his seventh race on the card, which would have been a Keeneland record. “She was relaxed. But around the turn, I looked who was outside of me, and I could see it was Rajiv and I knew it was going to be a fight for the finish.”

La Gran Bailadora rallied from last to be third,  2 ½ lengths behind Kathmanblu. She was followed across the wire by Sea Level Drive, My Pal Christy and Lunar Mist.

Joyful Victory and Principal Role were scratched.

Pachattack’s victory came in her 6-year-old bow and in her first start for Graham Motion, who began training her this year after owner Flaxman Holdings purchased her. She had been trained by Gerald Butler.

“This was a great spot for her,” Motion said. “To be honest, she makes me look good.”

Attendance was 19,480 on a picturesque spring day in Kentucky.