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."
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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."