04/18/2013 5:27PM

Keeneland: Unbelievable Dream takes Appalachian; Rosario wins five on day

Barbara D. Livingston
Joel Rosario celebrates his fifth winner on Thursday's Keeneland card, aboard Unbelievable Dream in the Appalachian.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Jockey Joel Rosario capped a sensational Thursday afternoon at Keeneland by guiding Unbelievable Dream to a last-to-first victory in the Grade 3, $100,000  Appalachian Stakes.

After Rosario bided his time early, Unbelievable Dream came absolutely rolling to be up in the final strides of the one-mile turf race by a half-length over Overheard. Eden Prairie was third, while Watsdachances, the 3-5 favorite in a field of eight 3-year-old fillies, could do no better than fourth in her seasonal debut.

Unbelievable Dream, a New York-bred daughter of Kitalpha, returned $11.80 as second choice after finishing in 1:37.91 over a firm turf course. Barclay Tagg trains the chestnut filly for the Sure Thing Stables of Michael McGuire.

The victory gave Rosario - the 28-year-old native of the Dominican Republic who is riding regularly here for the first time - his fifth win from his seventh and final mount of the nine-race card. The Keeneland record for most wins on a day is six. Rosario now has a commanding lead atop the jockey standings at the 16-day Keeneland spring meet, which ends April 26.

Unbelievable Dream trailed for much of the way before kicking into high gear nearing the quarter-mile.

“I was really worried,” said Rosario. “Barclay told me she likes to come from out of it, that’s what she wants to do. She put in a really good run. She was very impressive. That was awesome.”

Watsdachances, racing for the first time since finishing second in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf last fall, had no major mishap, although she was squeezed between rivals when trying to rally in the vicinity of the eighth pole.

Ontrack attendance on a warm, breezy afternoon was 11,551.

The $2 exacta (2-5) paid $74, the $1 trifecta (2-5-6) returned $268.60, and the 10-cent superfecta (2-5-6-4) was worth $99.44.


charles b More than 1 year ago
A jock is only as good as the horses he rides. No, not all jockeys are equal in ability or heart. However, there are many who are equal in ability, but do not get the breaks. There are only so many really good horses to ride in a given race......yet, there might be four or so jocks vying for the same horses. A good agent and good connections makes the difference. When Pat Day rode in Kentucky, he was the "King of the Hill." He got the top horses to ride because he was good and had the connections to win at about 25%. At Gulfstream and Sar. he did not get the top horses to ride. But, he won enough races at great prices to keep me healthy.
m More than 1 year ago
What are you babbling about?
fourroads910 More than 1 year ago
JL is a overrated jockey he went to Cali an now everyone could see how average he is. He soon run back to Kentucky because the first time out of Kentucky an you loose the keenland meet this bad
m More than 1 year ago
What's this message?...can't understand any of it
Brad More than 1 year ago
Brad-Brilliant move by Rosario getting out of "On the ropes Calif" He should win his first of several Eclipse awards this year
Mario Vargas More than 1 year ago
Kudos to Rosario in search of his first Eclipse. He has to keep the momentum going with Ramon "Stone Moan" Dominguez currently on the sidelines. Look for him big during the Churchill meet and in particular during Derby week.
scott More than 1 year ago
Tyren M - Where were you able to find the info on Lep that he has won 7 in a day? You should call the Keeneland racing office because in their official 2013 racing media quide they list three jocks who have won 6 in a day. No mention of anyone ever having won 7. Please enlighten us on where you obtained this info....
Tyren M More than 1 year ago
6? I won some, lost some last year.
Joe Rockhold More than 1 year ago
Nice response.
Tyren M More than 1 year ago
Rosario paid nice today. Leparoux has won 7 in a day at Keeneland. Do your research.
joakim muth More than 1 year ago
" On November 11, 2008 he rode seven winners on a single racecard at Churchill Downs, tying a twenty-four-year-old record set by Pat Day on June 20, 1984. " Do your research properly.
LeslieH0101 More than 1 year ago
I love Joel Rosario. -- he will be a racing star for a long time ! Good luck, Joel!
Patrick Reid More than 1 year ago
I think so too .