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Unwanted Lilacs has a pedigree that flowers

Keeneland: : Central Bank Ashland Stakes  (Grade 1) 1m1/2f, polytrack, 3yo fillies

 LILACS AND LACE (f Flower Alley-Refinement by Seattle Slew)

Breeder: Judy Hicks and  Kathryn Nikkel 

SHE may have been unwanted when failing to find a buyer at the 2009 Keeneland September sales but Lilacs And Lace is likely to have a few more supporters for the Kentucky Oaks after her upset victory in the Grade 1 Ashland Stakes.

Following Bellamy Road's son Toby's Corner winning the Wood Memorial, this was another victory for a first crop sire - in this case Flower Alley, the Travers Stakes winner who stands at Three Chimneys. His first crop were conceived at a fee of $25,000 but the son of Distorted Humor now covers for $10,000. Flower Alley has another black-type filly from his first crop in Bouquet Booth, a Grade 3-winning juvenile who was fourth in this race.

Lilacs and Lace's breeders Judy Hicks and Kathryn Nikkel now race her in partnership with James Covello. Out of the Seattle Slew mare Refinement, she is a granddaughter of the brilliant Stella Madrid, a multiple Grade 1 winner who is dam of Japanese champion Diamond Biko and French Group 3 winner Isle De France.

The pedigree is a classic one tracing to My Bupers, dam of Lyphard's Special and ancestress of Sheema Classic winner Heart's Cry and top Irish filly Winona.





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