10/15/2011 11:30AM

Keeneland: Record-setting filly headed to Hollywood Starlet


LEXINGTON, Ky. – Trainer Al Stall Jr. said the 2-year-old filly he sent out to smash the six-furlong record Friday at Keeneland in her career debut will stay racing on a synthetic surface by making her next start at Hollywood Park in the Grade 1 Starlet on Dec. 10.

Applauding, with Garrett Gomez riding for Stall and owner Ramona Bass, won a maiden race by nine lengths in an eye-popping 1:07.76, easily breaking the mark of 1:08.30 set in April 2007 by He Loves Me Not. A very strong headwind, with gusts of more than 35 miles per hour, prevailed down the stretch throughout a 10-race Friday card, when final times for other races also were considerably faster than normal, but Mark Skaggs, the timer for American Teletimer, substantiated the validity of the clocking afterward.

Applauding, a Florida-bred by Congrats, earned a 92 Beyer Speed Figure with the victory.

“Obviously she trained and ran so well on the synthetic that we decided we want to keep her there for the time being,” said Stall. The $250,000 Starlet goes at 1 1/16 miles on Cushion Track.

The victory was a meet-leading fifth from just 11 runners thus far for Stall, who said he is not a threat to be the leading trainer by the time the 17-day meet ends Oct. 29. “After this weekend, I’ve only got a horse or two to run the rest of the meet,” he said.

Strike the Moon staying for Raven Run

Strike the Moon breezed a half-mile in 47 seconds Saturday morning over the Keeneland Polytrack, much to the satisfaction of Maryland jockey Julian Pimentel, who was aboard. Pimentel said the filly went easily over the surface, meaning trainer Mike Trombetta will leave her here to run next Saturday, Oct. 22, as a major contender in the Grade 2, $250,000 Raven Run at seven furlongs.

Strike the Moon has been first or second in all but one of her eight career starts, all of which have been on dirt. She won the $400,000 Charles Town Oaks last month in her latest start. Trombetta had considered the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint for the filly before deciding on the Raven Run as a more suitable spot.

Meanwhile, trainer Buff Bradley pronounced Groupie Doll ready for the Raven Run after the filly breezed a half-mile Friday in 47.60 seconds over the Keeneland Poly. Groupie Doll was beaten just three-quarters of a length when second to Strike the Moon at Charles Town.

◗ Caleb’s Posse had his first breeze since finishing third in the Oct. 1 Indiana Derby when going an easy five furlongs Saturday morning in 1:02 over the Keeneland Poly. Trained by Donnie Von Hemel, Caleb’s Posse was a two-time graded winner this summer at Saratoga and is under consideration for the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile.