Morticia Spookily Good in Winning 21st Running of Buffalo Trace Franklin County
Keeneland Press Release
LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 13, 2017) – G. Watts Humphrey Jr.’s Morticia swept past the pace-setting Kasuga in the upper stretch and had more than enough left to turn back Justa Lady and post a half-length victory in the 21st running of the $100,000 Buffalo Trace Franklin County (G3) for fillies and mares before a sun-splashed Friday afternoon crowd of 17,546.
Trained by Rusty Arnold and ridden by Jose Lezcano, Morticia covered the 5½ furlongs on a firm Keeneland turf course in 1:03.92. Humphrey and Arnold, who teamed to win Sunday’s Juddmonte Spinster (G1) with Romantic Vision, are the breeders of Morticia.
Kasuga led the field of 12 through fractions of :22.31 and :45.92 with Morticia in closest pursuit. Turning for home, Morticia drew even with Kasuga and spurted clear in the upper stretch with the winning move.
The victory was worth $60,000 and increased Morticia’s earnings to $366,475 with a 9-6-1-1 record and a perfect three-for-three mark going 5½ furlongs.
Morticia is a 3-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Twirling Candy out of the Mr. Greeley mare Halloween Party. Her win in the Buffalo Trace Franklin County marked her fifth stakes victory and first graded victory.
Morticia returned $7.60, $4.20 and $3. Justa Lady, ridden by Ricardo Santana Jr., returned $17.80 and $8.60 with favored Lull finishing another two lengths back in third under Brian Hernandez Jr. and returning $2.80 to show.
Kasuga finished a nose farther back in fourth and was followed in order by Always Thinking, Nobody’s Fault, defending champion Miss Ella, Boom Bam Bing, Scatter Gun, Carolina Shag, Indriya and Childhood.