(New Year’s Eve wins the KY Downs Preview Ladies Turf Mile / All Photos by Coady Photography)

From the Ellis Park Media Team / Kevin Kerstein:


Qatar Racing, Marc Detampel and Fergus Galvin’s New Year’s Eve gobbled up ground down the stretch and got by pacesetter For the Flag in the final strides to win Sunday’s sixth running of the $200,000 Ky Downs Preview Ladies Turf Mile at Ellis Park Racing & Gaming.

          Jockey Luis Saez rode New Year’s Eve for trainer Brendan Walsh. The duo completed one-mile on the “firm” turf in 1:33.30.

          For the Flag led the field of 12 fillies and mares through the opening quarter-mile in a solid :23.60. As the field moved up the backside, For the Flag continued her strong tempo through a half-mile in :46.45. New Year’s Eve continued to bide her time in 10th, well off the pacesetters. Around the far turn, Saez tipped New Year’s Eve to the far outside as she began to find her best strides. Inside the final furlong, New Year’s Eve found the lead over the tiring For the Flag and prevailed by three-quarters of a length. It was another neck back to Sinfiltre who completed the trifecta.

          “She always tries hard,” Saez said. “Her last start in the Just a Game (GI) was pretty tough against a very nice horse In Italian. She had a tough first part of the race today but she kept picking up horses late. The key was to keep her wide and out of trouble. It worked and she came with her strong run.”

          “She’s had some tough company her last few starts,” assistant trainer Paul Madden said. “She always tries hard and has a lot of talent. She closed with a bit of pace in front of her. It’s good for her and the owners. It should set her up for a try again at Kentucky Downs. She ran there last year and just didn’t have her run turning for home.”

          New Year’s Eve is now a four-time winner from 11 starts. Her overall earnings now soared to $646,075.

          New Year’s Eve is a daughter of Kitten’s Joy out of the Elusive Quality mare Awesome Rafaela (BRZ). She was bred in Kentucky by Stud TNT.

          Here is the complete running order for the Ky Downs Preview Ladies Turf Mile (with $2 mutuel prices):

  1. New Year’s Eve ($4.88, $3.72, $2.78)
  2. For the Flag (X, $4.92, $4.14)
  3. Sinfiltre (X, X, $4.62)
  4. Querobin Dourada
  5. Glenall (IRE)
  6. Henrietta Topham
  7. Fancy Martini
  8. Arm Candy
  9. Sweet Dani Girl
  10. Lady Hideaway
  11. Princess Thorem
  12. Boudoir Burlesque