03/25/2017 5:56PM

Purely a Dream picks up another Boubonette Oaks win for McPeek

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Purely a Dream, a 12-1 outsider ridden by Robby Albarado, enables trainer Ken McPeek to win the Bourbonette Oaks for the third time since 2010.

FLORENCE, Ky. – Trainer Ken McPeek continued his dominance of the Grade 3, $100,000 Bourbonette Oaks at Turfway Park on Saturday, winning the race for the third time since 2010 when Purely a Dream crossed the wire two lengths in front of stablemate Awesome Boss.

Dismissed at 12-1 odds in her first start of the year, Purely a Dream raced more like a heavy favorite than a midpriced longshot. Stalking the pace in fourth, she surged powerfully on the second turn to blow past the front-runners, and maintained a clear advantage in the lane.

Jockey Robby Albarado said he was surprised by the sudden burst she gave him.

“I squeezed her to get in contention, and she made the lead, unexpectedly so, and I just kept her going,” he said.

Albarado noted Saturday may just be her lucky day, coming on the 3-year anniversary of her foaling date on March 25, 2014.

The winner, a daughter of Pure Prize, recorded her second win in four starts in taking the Bourbonette, a Kentucky Oaks qualifying race that earned her 50 points toward an unlikely start in that race. In a text shortly after the Bourbonette, McPeek said the Grade 3 Appalachian on turf at Keeneland on April 13 is a next-race possibility for her.

Purely a Dream raced a mile on Turfway’s Polytrack in 1:37.40, paying $27.60, and her victory set off a raucous celebration in the winner’s circle from her ownership group, Living the Dream Racing 2015 LLC.

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Awesome Boss didn’t have as smooth a trip as the top choice, starting slowly and then not enjoying the Polytrack kickback while racing in last early.

“She impressed my making up that much ground,” jockey Channing Hill said of her rally from 12th.

Golden Gate invader Darkwingsoverdubai was a half-length behind the runner-up in third, while favored Delphinia stopped badly after setting a pressured pace and faded to 11th.

Purely a Dream’s victory gave McPeek his second consecutive Bourbonette victory following Wonderment’s score in the 2016 running. Orchestrator also won for the race for him in 2010.