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Tom Albertrani

Tom Albertrani: sent out Better Lucky to claim victory at Keeneland

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European pair nowhere as Better Lucky scores

Report: USA, Saturday

Keeneland: First Lady Stakes (Grade 1) 1m, turf, 3yo+

GODOLPHIN enjoyed a Grade 1 success in the States when Better Lucky (Tom Albertrani/Julien Leparoux) got the better of Dayatthespa to take the First Lady at a filthy Keeneland, hit by fog and heavy rain.

The four-year-old, landing her second Grade 1 event after last year's Matriarch at Hollywood Park, won by a head, with Daisy Devine four lengths back in third.

The European pair, Ballydoyle's Say and the Ed Dunlop-trained Amazonas, finished sixth and last of eight respectively in the $400,000 contest which took place as the rain lashed down. Neither filly was ever seen with any sort of chance.

Say's rider Joe Bravo suggested the dreadful conditions had upset the Irish visitor. "Poor girl didn't know what she was in for when that monsoon storm hit her like that," he said.

"I think it was just throwing her a lot for her first day. The rainstorm had ‘em all. Couldn't see too much as it is and between the water, she was shaking her head a lot. Confused I think."

Also on Saturday

Keeneland: Dixiana Breeders' Futurity (Grade 1) 1m½f, AW, 2yo

We Miss Artie (Todd Pletcher/John Velazquez) splashed through standing water on the Polytrack to make his first start on synthetics a winning one by nearly three lengths over Smarty's Echo.

A beaten favourite for a Grade 2 on the turf at Saratoga a month ago, the Ramseys' son of Artie Schiller was sent off just short of a 10-1 chance before benefiting from a pace duel between fancied pair Solitary Ranger and General Jack.

Keeneland: Thoroughbred Club Of America Stakes (Grade 2) 6f, AW, 3yo+ f/m

Champion female sprinter Groupie Doll bombed out at odds of 1-2, finishing only third behind Judy The Beauty (Wesley Ward/John Velazquez), who challenged five wide before charging home late.

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