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Johar Adds US Gr3

Monday, 2nd May 2011

Multiple Gr1-winning former NZ Highview Stud shuttler Johar (Gone West-Windsharp, by Lear Fan) added a US graded-stakes success when favoured 5YO mare Keertana (Johar-Motokiks, by Storm Cat) scored a 1.25-lengths victory in the US$150,000 Gr3 Bewitch Stakes (12 furlongs on turf) for mares 4YO & up at Keeneland in Kentucky. Keertana (ridden by Jose Lezcano for trainer Thomas Proctor) defeated 6YO mare My Baby Baby (Bernstein-Sarah Darling, by Wavering Monarch) & Irish-bred fellow 5YO mare Honimiere (Fasliyev-Sugar, by Hernando). Keertana took her record to 10 wins (also including February's Gr3 The Very One Stakes over 11 furlongs at Gulfstream Park, plus 2010's Gr3 Glens Falls Handicap over 11 furlongs at Saratoga & both 2009's Gr3 Regret Stakes over 9 furlongs at Churchill Downs & Listed Distaff Classic over 8 furlongs at Manor Downs) & 11 placings (including March's Gr3 Hillsborough Stakes over 9 furlongs at Tampa Day Downs, plus 2010's Gr1 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf over 11 furlongs at Churchill Downs, Gr3 Early Times Mint Julep Handicap over 8.5 furlongs at Churchill Downs & Listed De La Rose Stakes over 8 furlongs at Saratoga, as well as 2009's Gr1 Garden City Stakes over 9 furlongs at Belmont Park, Gr2 Mrs Revere Stakes over 8.5 furlongs at Churchill Downs, Gr2 Lake Placid Handicap over 9 furlongs at Saratoga & Gr3 Valley View Stakes over 8.5 furlongs at Keeneland) from 25 starts for US$914,371 earnings.

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