The racing arm of Three Chimneys Farm has been quiet in recent years, taking a backseat to the operation's heralded breeding and sale programs.
Among the many impactful results of the farm's partnership with the Torrealba family is a renewed commitment to on-track results. Wednesday's Grade III, $150,000 JP Morgan Chase Jessamine Stakes saw the blue and red silks of Three Chimneys flash a show of strength as their filly Rainha Da Bateria uncorked a last-to-first rally over the Keeneland turf to score a 11/2-length triumph.
With her victory in the 11⁄16-mile Jessamine Stakes, Rainha Da Bateria has put herself on course for a start in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita Park.
The chestnut daughter of Broken Vow also validated the long-term plan and hopes her owners had when they purchased her for $435,000 at the 2013 Keeneland September Yearling Sale.
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"You know Three Chimneys has not had a big racing stable in years and years and years. We've mainly been breeding and raising and selling," said Case Clay, president of Three Chimneys. "With the new partnership with the Torrealbas, the goal is to race some nice fillies with some nice pedigrees and try to get them into the broodmare band eventually.
"We struck good luck with her; that was the strategy with her. It's nice when it works out that way."
Trained by Graham Motion, Rainha Da Bateria has shown a wicked late kick in winning two of her first three starts. However, her tendency to come from well out has put her in some tight spots, most notably a troubled trip she had in the PG Johnson Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 27 when she finished fourth.
A dream scenario materialized for her during the Jessamine Stakes as Cool Comfort bolted to a 7-length advantage on the front end while putting down fractions of :22.41 and :46.94.
"I felt pretty good (with the fractions)," Motion said. "This filly had the most brutal trip last time at Saratoga, I really thought it was a throw-out race. If she comes out of this right, we've got to go (to the Breeders' Cup). That's why she was there today is I thought she deserved another shot."
When the field closed in on the tiring pace-setter around the final turn, jockey Joel Rosario angled Rainha Da Bateria to the far outside and collared Quality Rocks under a vigorous hand ride, hitting the wire in 1:43.85.
Race favorite Fila Primera finished third.
"It was a good trip, perfect trip," Rosario said. "I looked up front and thought they were going quick, but she has a good turn of foot."