On a day when steady rains turned everything at Keeneland into mud burgoo, and every trip around the oval into an adventure, it turned out that the track was just perfect for a handsome couple. They didn’t mind getting a little mud bath. After all, it made them look awfully beautiful in the winner’s circle.

Romantic Vision, bred and owned by G. Watts Humphrey Jr., splashed away with an impressive victory in the Grade 1 Juddmonte Spinster, beating a fine field of fillies and mares to give her two nice Stakes victories in a row.

Flameaway, on the other hand, had to do a little more work, as he finally inched her way to the front at the very end of the 11/16-mile Dixiana Bourbon, which was taken off the grass course due to the wet conditions.

“(Romantic Vision) ran great,” said winning trainer George “Rusty” Arnold. “I was surprised with how it played out. She was a little closer than I thought she would be, but she just seemed to relish this going.”

On whether Romantic Vision will advance to the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1)

“My boss (Romantic Vision’s owner, G. Watts Humphrey Jr.) will make that decision.”

Humphrey Jr.’s homebred Romantic Vision swept to the lead leaving the far turn and cruised to a two-length victory over Martini Glass to win the 62ndrunning of the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1) for fillies and mares.

The Juddmonte Spinster closed a spectacular Fall Stars Weekend marked by near-record crowds and outstanding racing that saw eight Keeneland stakes winners secure automatic berths in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Nov. 3-4 at Del Mar.

Romantic Vision, trained by Arnold and ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr., earned a fees-paid berth in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) to be run Nov. 3 at Del Mar.

“Her first step was the quickest one away from there, and she put us in a great spot,” said Hernandez. “She traveled really good for me the whole way. Going into the second turn, I was really confident in her. She’s just really stepped up her last few races. She seems to be getting better and better.

“She tipped her hand in the spring. She ran a really big race (winning a Keeneland allowance on April 9) and came back Derby Day and ran huge (finishing second in the Fleur de Lis-G2). She’s just getting better and better. Rusty and the team have done a great job letting her develop into herself.”

In the race prior to the Juddmonte Spinster, John Oxley’s Flameaway nosed out Tigers Rule with favored Tap Daddy another nose back to win the 27th running of the $250,000 Dixiana Bourbon for 2-year-olds. The race was moved off the turf to the main track.

In the Juddmonte Spinster, longshot Duchess of Duke led the field of nine through fractions of :23.96, :48.26 and 1:12.56 with Romantic Vision in closest pursuit. On the far turn, Romantic Vision surged to the front and shrugged off a brief challenge from You Know Too and later from Martini Glass to secure her second consecutive graded-stakes victory.

It was the second victory in the race for Humphrey and Arnold who teamed to win the 1997 running with Clear Mandate.

A 5-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Lemon Drop Kid out of the Giant’s Causeway mare Perfect for You, Romantic Vision covered the 1 1/8 miles on a sloppy main track in 1:49.70. The victory was worth $300,000 and increased Romantic Vision’s earnings to $610,086 with a record of 19-6-4-2.

Romantic Vision returned $14.80, $7.60 and $5.60. Martini Glass, ridden by Paco Lopez, returned $6.80 and $5.20 and finished 5½ lengths in front of Blue Prize (ARG), who paid $4.80 to show under James Graham.

It was another half-length back to Lockdown in fourth. She was followed in order by You Know Too, favored Bar of Gold, Duchess of Duke, Tiger Moth and Factory of Faith.

Flameaway Prevails in Three-Horse Photo to Win Off-the-Turf Dixiana Bourbon

In the Dixiana Bourbon, Flameaway collared early leaders Tigers Rule and Tap Daddy in the final jump to give trainer Mark Casse a record third consecutive win in the race and provide jockey Julien Leparoux with his fourth victory in the race.

Casse and Leparoux teamed with Oxley to win the 2015 running with Airoforce. Casse also won last year with Keep Quiet (FR), and Leparoux’s other winners were Rogue Romance (2010) and Balance the Books (2012).

“I’ve been wanting to run him on the grass, so I was a little disappointed (when the race was rained off the turf and moved to dirt),” said Casse. “He’s getting better and better. He’s a big strong horse, and I’m proud of him today. He’s been training really well. The only time we ran him on the dirt he didn’t take the kickback too well, so I said to (jockey) Julien (Leparoux), ‘Use some of your speed.’ He did.”

Despite the Dixiana Bourbon being taken off the turf, Breeders’ Cup officials after review decided to reinstate the race’s “Win and You’re In” status and award winner Flameaway a berth in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) on Nov. 3 at Del Mar.

Tigers Rule and Tap Daddy raced as a team through fractions of :23.35, :48.46 and 1:13.93 with Flameaway just behind the leaders. In the short stretch run, Flameaway rallied outside of the leaders and struck the front at the wire.

“We had a good trip,” said Leparoux. “We traveled very nicely. The other two horses (Tap Daddy and Tigers Rule to the inside), they had a good fight. He ran big.”

Flameaway covered the 1 1/16 miles on the sloppy main track in 1:45.77. A Keeneland sales graduate, Flameaway is a Kentucky-bred son of Scat Daddy out of the Fusaichi Pegasus mare Vulcan Rose.

The victory was worth $150,000 and increased Flameaway’s earnings to $244,074 with a record of 4-3-0-0.

Flameaway returned $12.80, $6.40 and $4.40. Tap Daddy, ridden by Florent Geroux, was elevated to second place via disqualification of Tigers Rule for interference in the stretch. Tap Daddy returned $5.40 and $3.80 with Tigers Rule paying $4.80 to show under Miguel Mena.

Admiralty Pier finished 1½ lengths back in fourth and was followed in order by John Tippmann, Arawak, Captivating Moon, Fred’stwirlincandy, King Valero, High Providence, Trenton Traveler, Wicked Trick, Budro Talking and Shared Value.

Racing resumes Wednesday with an eight-race program that begins at 1:05 p.m. ET and features the 27th running of the $150,000 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G3) for 2-year-old fillies going 1 1/16 miles on the Keeneland turf course. The race is a “Win and You’re In race for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) to be run Nov. 3 at Del Mar.