Koolmen Racing Stable's ORCHESTRATOR (Bernstein) took to a short lead entering the stretch and out-finished Age of Humor (Distorted Humor) by a neck in Saturday's $125,000 Bourbonette Oaks (G3) at Turfway Park. Unplaced in her two previous stakes attempts on turf, the Kenny McPeek-trained sophomore filly switched to Polytrack and registered her first stakes victory, completing a mile in 1:38 1/5 with Alex Solis.
"She was very game today," Solis said. "She didn't want to get beat. I just wanted to make sure she stayed in front. She needed that last race. It made the difference today."
Helen Belen (Five Star Day) set the pace, registering fractions of :24 2/5, :47 3/5 and 1:12 as the 8-5 favorite, and Orchestrator tracked the front runner in second before advancing into contention on the far turn. Age of Humor also raced close up but took the overland route on the final bend. She had every chance to get past in the final furlong but couldn't reel in the winner.
Off as the 7-1 fourth choice, Orchestrator paid $16.60, $7 and $5.60. Age of Humor was worth $5.80 and $3.80 as the 5-1 third choice. Midway Holiday (Harlan's Holiday) was another 2 1/4 lengths back in third at 12-1 and yielded $9. Cactus Cadillac (Cactus Ridge), Absinthe Minded (Quiet American), Helen Belen, Allegation (Closing Argument), Lisa's Kitten (Kitten's Joy) and Cascading (A.P. Indy) rounded out the order of finish. Delitefully Wild (Offlee Wild) was scratched.
The exotics returned $83.90 (exacta), $885.60 (trifecta) and $5,932 (7-9-1-3 superfecta).
Bred in Kentucky by Bryant Prentice III, Orchestrator initially sold for $42,000 as a 2008 Keeneland September yearling before commanding $75,000 at the 2009 OBS February two-year-old sale. She's of the winning Temperence Hill mare Lucky Socks, a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Beau's Town (Beau's Genius) and the dam of an unnamed juvenile by Roman Ruler, and this is the female family of Grade 1 queen Diplomat Lady (Forestry) and Grade 2 victress Dream Play (Hennessy).
Orchestrator has now earned $155,496 from a 8-3-2-0 line. The Kentucky Oaks (G1) is a now an option for the dark bay, but McPeek was non-committal.
"I'm not sure about the Kentucky Oaks," the conditioner said. "I'd prefer to run her back on synthetic somewhere."