Keeneland's Madison Stakes Results and Payouts for 4/9/22

Just One Time Wins the Grade 1 Madison Stakes at Keeneland. (Coady Photography)
Madison Stakes ResultsPayoffs - Win Place Show
1Just One Time - $6.60; $3.80; $3.00
2Bell's the One - $5.20; $3.40
3Kimari - $3.00

Just One Time Rallies to Victory in Madison Stakes

Just One Time has wasted no time making a big impression on her two-time Eclipse Award winning trainer.

In her second start since joining the barn of Brad Cox, Just One Time earned her second straight graded stakes triumph and first top-level win when she collared Grade 1 winner Bell’s the One at the sixteenth pole to post a three-quarters of a length victory in the 21st running of the $500,000 Madison Stakes (G1) at Keeneland April 9.

Owned by Warriors Reward, LLC and Commonwealth New Era Racing’s, Just One Time was trained by Michael Salvaggio, Jr. for her first five career starts, winning a pair of stakes, before being sent to Cox’s shedrow for 2022 after Commonwealth New Era bought into the filly. In her first start for Cox, the daughter of Not This Time captured the Inside Information Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 29 and she doubled down on that improving form in the seven-furlong Madison.

“When we first got her, she was really good and when I started working her, she kind of tailed off a little bit,” Cox said. “Maybe just a new environment, whatever. She was just kind of slacking off a little. So, I trained on her a bit and she started really doing well at the Fair Grounds and we decided to go to Gulfstream with her. And it worked out well. She definitely looked amazing today. It was a big effort.”

Lady Rocket led the field through fractions of :22.11 and :44.50 with defending champion Kimari in closest pursuit while Just One Time raced next to last with Bell’s the One farther back.

On the far turn, Bell’s the One began picking off horses with Just One Time moving right behind her. At the top of the stretch, Bell’s the One used a five-wide move to rocket to the front and open a daylight advantage.

At midstretch, Prat angled Just One Time to the outside of Bell’s the One and gradually wore her down for the victory.

“(Bell’s the One) is one of the best and she runs really well at Keeneland, so I didn’t know (if we would hold on for the victory), but my filly was making a good move so we were hoping,” Prat said.

Just One Time covered the distance on a muddy track in 1:22.79. The victory, the sixth in seven career starts and second graded stakes score for Just One Time, was worth $235,600 and increased her earnings to $525,195.

Sent off as the favorite in the field of nine, Just One Time returned $6.60, $3.80 and $3. Bell’s the One, ridden by Corey Lanerie, returned $5.20 and $3.40 and finished three lengths in front of Kimari, who paid $3 to show under Tyler Gaffalione.

Undefeated Spendarella Wins Appalachian Stakes

In the race preceding the Madison, Gainesway Stable’s Spendarella shook off a challenge from Dolce Zel (FR) at the top of the stretch and drew off for a 1¾-length victory in the 34th running of the $400,000 Appalachian (G2) for 3-year-old fillies.

Trained by Graham Motion and ridden by Tyler Gaffalione, Spendarella covered the mile on a turf course rated as good in 1:37.41. It is the third victory in the race for Motion, who previously won with Check the Label in 2010 and Daring Dancer in 2014, and the second for Gaffalione who rode The Mackem Bullet (IRE) to victory in 2019.

Spendarella was first out of the gate, but in the run to the first turn Glenall (IRE) slipped through along the rail and led the field of eight into the backstretch and through fractions of :24.50 and :49.11.

On the far turn, Gaffalione sent Spendarella to the front, where she first brushed off a challenge from Ouraika (FR) and then Dolce Zel (FR), who had made a three-wide bid. In the stretch, Spendarella kicked clear and maintained a comfortable margin to the finish.

“She’s made me look good. She just does everything so easily,” Motion said. “She’s such a professional, she’s a fighter – she obviously loves it. She makes me look smart.”

Undefeated in three career starts, Spendarella is a New York-bred daughter of Karakontie (JPN) out of the Unusual Heat mare Spanish Bunny. The victory was worth $179,025 to the Keeneland sales graduate and increased her earnings to $283,675.

Spendarella returned $3.40, $2.40 and $2.20. Dolce Zel, ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., returned $3.40 and $2.40 and finished three-quarters of a length ahead of Skims (GB), who paid $3.20 to show under Flavien Prat.

Golden Pal Runs Them Off Their Feet in Shakertown

Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Westerberg’s Golden Pal rocketed to the lead leaving the starting gate and never was pressured in coasting to a 4¾-length victory in the 26th running of the $350,000 Shakertown (G2) for 3-year-olds and up.

Trained by Wesley Ward and ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., the winner completed the 5½ furlongs on a turf course rated as good in 1:02.21. It is the fourth Shakertown victory for Ward, who won previously with Undrafted in 2016 and with Bound for Nowhere in 2018 and 2021.

A two-time Breeders’ Cup winner, including the Juvenile Turf Sprint (G2) victory in 2020, Golden Pal had a daylight advantage a few jumps out of the gate and led the field of 10 through fractions of :20.94 and :43.58 and it was game over.

“This is the fastest of the fast,” Ward said. “He’s just blessed with speed and agility. He moves like a cat; he’s so quick. For a big, sturdy horse like he is – he’s just a once-in-a-lifetime horse.”

In making his first start since winning the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1) at Del Mar in November, Golden Pal improved his record to 9-6-2-0 with six stakes victories. Five have come in graded events.

Golden Pal returned $3.20, $3 and $2.60. Johnny Unleashed, ridden by Gerardo Corrales, returned $26.40 and $9.80 with Gear Jockey finishing three-quarters of a length back in third under Brian Hernandez Jr., and returning $4.60 to show.

Prevalence Speeds to Commonwealth Victory

Godolphin’s homebred Prevalence roared past favored Nashville at the top of the stretch and then drew off to post a 2¼-length victory in the 35th running of the $300,000 Commonwealth (G3) for 4-year-olds and up.

Trained by Brendan Walsh for his third victory of the afternoon and ridden by Tyler Gaffalione, Prevalence covered the seven furlongs on a sloppy track in 1:22.47.

Nashville led the field of 10 through fractions of :22.12 and :44.61 with Long Range Toddy and Prevalence in closest attendance. On the far turn, Prevalence loomed up to the outside of Nashville, zoomed on past at the head of the lane and was not threatened in the run to the finish.

"I wasn’t sure we’d get that close to (Nashville). (The plan was) let (Prevalence) work his way into the race," Walsh said. "They were going quick, but he looked comfortable the whole time. Tyler said he was just cruising along for him.”

It is the first stakes victory for Prevalence, a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Medaglia d’Oro. The victory was worth $174,375 and boosted Prevalence’s career earnings to $288,225 with a record of 7-4-0-0.

Prevalence returned $7, $4.60 and $3.60. Long Range Toddy, ridden by Paco Lopez, returned $22.20 and $10 and finished a head in front of O Besos, who paid $3.40 to show under Irad Ortiz Jr.

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