(Four Graces winning the G3 Dogwood Stakes / Photo Courtesy of Churchill Downs)

From the Churchill Downs Media Team:

Whitham Thoroughbreds LLC’s 3-year-old homebred filly Four Graces, a half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner McCraken, led every step of the way and turned back a challenge from Edgeway in the stretch to win Saturday’s 45th running of the $100,000 Dogwood presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade III) by 2 ½ lengths.

Ridden by Julien Leparoux and trained by Ian Wilkes, Four Graces ran seven furlongs over a fast track in 1:22.28, which was the second-fastest Dogwood in history, only behind eventual Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint winner Covfefe’s 1:20.51 last September.

Jockey Julien Leparoux — Four Graces (1st):

“She’s a very classy filly and takes after all of her siblings,” Leparoux said.

“She sat back a little bit in the gate right before it sprung so she came out of there a little late. She moved real comfortably throughout the race and at the head of the lane when I asked her for her best run she responded right away. She’s a very classy filly and takes after all of her siblings.”

Trainer Ian Wilkes — Four Graces:

“This entire family is extremely talented so it was very rewarding to get her a stakes win today,” Wilkes said.

“I thought she was going to have to go faster to get the lead but it ended up working out for us with the early pace scenario,” Wilkes said. “We had no other choice but to show speed because of her post on the inside. I felt really confident when she came off the turn and Julien started asking her to run and she put away (Edgeway) on her outside. There were some very nice fillies in this race that she beat.”

“This entire family is extremely talented so it was very rewarding to get her a stakes win today. I thought she was going to have to go faster to get the lead but it ended up working out for us with the early pace scenario. We had no other choice but to show speed because of her post on the inside. I felt really confident when she came off the turn and Julien started asking her to run and she put away (Edgeway) on her outside. There were some very nice fillies in this race that she beat.”

Jockey Tyler Baze — Edgeway (2nd):

Tyler Baze, jockey of EDGEWAY (runner-up): “We had a pretty unlucky trip with everyone showing speed to her inside. We were caught wide most of the trip.”