BALTIMORE, 05-16-09---Darley Stable’s Skylighter took command right after the start, then galloped to an easy score in the 18th running of the $150,000 Allaire duPont Distaff Stakes, the first of nine added-money races Saturday at Pimlico. Jockey Julien Leparoux was at the controls aboard the 4-year-old daughter of Sky Mesa for trainer Bobby Frankel. The bay filly was able to circle the main track at a pedestrian pace before crossing the finish line in 4 ¼ lengths ahead of Unforgotten in the Grade 2 stakes for fillies and mares. Skylighter ran the 1 1/16 miles over the main track in 1:44.34 for the 1-1/16th mile distance. Unforgotten edged All Smiles by a nose to take second.
Skylighter was the 2-5 favorite in the field of five and paid $2.80. Her only previous stakes win came in the Grade 2 Indiana Oaks at Hoosier Park last fall.
Allaire duPont Distaff Stakes Quotes
Charlie Boden, representative of winning owner, Skylighter -- “After the other horse (Sea Chanter) was scratched – we took her to New York – that was pretty much what she (Skylighter) had to do – go to the front. It was a very heady ride by Mr. Leparoux, a pretty easy go.
Julien Leparoux, winning jockey, Skylighter – “She kind of gave them the slip. That was good. We had a perfect trip. We got an easy lead and she had plenty left.
Robby Albarado, jockey, Unforgotten, 2nd – “The winner was a little better than anyone, but she did put in an effort. It was a nice race, a big difference from her last race.
Jeremy Rose, jockey, All Smiles, 3rd – “She’s a class mare. We got away well and she fought real hard and stayed there until the end.”