The final stakes race of the Keeneland fall meet ended with a familiar sight: Graham Motion and Edgar Prado standing together in the winner's circle, smiles on their faces.
Prado guided Tiger Ride to a big move in the final turn and held off race favorite Include Betty in the stretch to win the $150,000 Pin Oak Valley View Stakes on Saturday.
Tiger Ride — trained by Motion — covered the 11⁄16 miles in 1:43.99 over the main track. It was the third time in nine days that Prado and Motion teamed up to win a stakes race at Keeneland.
"It's like the old days," Motion said. "Edgar and I go a long way back, and we've had weeks like this before."
Last Sunday, they won the Dowager Stakes with Kitten's Point, and on Oct. 15, the Sycamore Stakes with Holiday Star.
Tiger Ride, a 3-year-old daughter of Candy Ride, broke well in a field that was whittled down to 10 after four late scratches when it was announced that the race — originally scheduled for the turf — would be moved to the main track because of wet conditions.
Calypso Beat — the longest shot in the field at 45-1 — set fractions of :23.93, :48.59 and 1:13.41 as Prado settled Tiger Ride at the back of the leading pack, about 6 lengths off the lead.
Tiger Ride made her move going into the final turn, came into the stretch four wide and took the lead from there. She held off a late charge from Include Betty, who was second to last for much of the race and entered the stretch on Tiger Ride's outside after a sweeping move in the turn.
Include Betty — 6-1 on the morning line — was bet down to 5-2 based on her past success on the dirt that included a victory in the Grade I Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont earlier this year.
"I thought (Include Betty) would be very tough," Motion said. "But I think we got the jump on her. Edgar gave her a great ride. ... This filly is very consistent. She handles the dirt and the turf, which is pretty unusual — to have a filly that can perform at that level on both surfaces. She's a really nice filly, and she could be better next year."