04/02/2016 6:01PM

New York-bred Wonderment pulls away in Bourbonette

Coady Photography
Though the Grade 3 Bourbonette Stakes is a Kentucky Oaks-qualifying prep race, trainer Ken McPeek says Wonderment will likely point to the Bouwerie Stakes at Belmont Park on May 30.

FLORENCE, Ky. – On a Saturday that is traditionally Kentucky's day to shine on Spiral day at Turfway Park, it was New York-bred Wonderment who stole the show in the Grade 3, $100,000 Bourbonette Stakes.

Coming out of a trio of sprints for New York-breds, including a pair of stakes, Wonderment was hustled to the lead by Cornelio Velasquez. After taking mild pressure from favored Marquee Miss early, she pulled away in the stretch for a 3 3/4-length victory over late-running Inconclusive.

Velasquez, who had ridden her previously in New York, said she took nicely to the synthetic Polytrack at Turfway and the stretch out in distance to a mile for the Bourbonette. "She went easy on the lead and I had a lot of horse in the stretch," he said.

Although the Bourbonette is a Kentucky Oaks-qualifying prep race, offering a collective 85 points for the top four finishers, winning trainer Ken McPeek said the winner would be unlikely to return in the Kentucky Oaks May 6.

"She'll probably go back to New York-bred company," he said, "There is a seventh eighths race at Belmont," referring to the $125,000 Bouwerie Stakes at Belmont May 30.

Also performing well was strong-rallying runner-up Inconclusive and the third-place Marquee Miss, who had chased the winner before getting caught by a nose for the place.

"I was too far off the pace," said Inconclusive’s rider Florent Geroux. "I wasn’t going to catch the winner, but the farther the distance, the better for her."

Inconclusive has done her best running on turf and synthetic tracks, and ran seventh in the Rags To Riches at Churchill in her lone try on dirt.

The winner, a 3-year-old gray daughter of Cosmonaut owned by Chris Sterbenz and Magdalena Racing, raced a mile in 1:39.04 after setting splits of 23.25 seconds, 47.07 and 1:13.05. She paid $10 as the co-second choice in the field of 12.