July 17, 2019

Restless Rider gives McPeek fourth win in Alcibiades

Restless Rider scored an easy win under jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. in the Alcibiades Stakes (G1) at Keeneland on opening day, October 5, 2018 (c) Keeneland/Coady Photography

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Restless Rider gave trainer Kenny McPeek a fourth win in the $400,000 Alcibiades (G1) at Keeneland on Friday, but more importantly earned a berth in next month’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) in the “Win & You’re In” Breeders’ Cup Challenge race before a Fall Meet opening day crowd of 15,334 on a sunny, humid afternoon.

“She’s really, really special,” McPeek said.

The 13-10 favorite in a field of 14, Restless Rider broke well and was never more than a couple lengths behind the pace-setting Meadow Dance, who cut out fractions of :22.86, :46.52, and 1:11.58. Under Brian Hernandez Jr., Restless Rider bid for the lead approaching the short stretch and opened up a 2 1/2-length margin at the wire.

Owned by Three Chimneys Farm and Fern Circle Stables, Restless Rider covered 1 1/16 miles over a fast track in 1:44.23 and paid $4.60. Reflect, an 11-1 chance, overtook Meadow Dance late to finish second by 2 3/4 lengths.

Bred in Kentucky by Stonestreet, Restless Rider was a $150,000 Keeneland September yearling. She kicked off her career with a 2 3/4-length maiden win at Churchill Downs on June 8, then overcome having to check behind an injured foe in the $100,000 Debutante over the same track later that month, scoring by 11 1/4 lengths. Suffering her first setback in last month’s Spinaway (G1) when second by two lengths, Restless Rider increased her career earnings to $401,360 with this victory.

A gray by Distorted Humor, Restless Rider is out of Silky Serenade, an Unbridled’s Song half-sister to multiple Grade 2 winner Private Vow.