Papilio Scales Heights in Appalachian

PAPILIO (IRE) (f, 3, Starspangledbanner {Aus}–Glafyra {Fr}, by High Chaparral {Ire}) was her own worst enemy when snatching defeat from the jaws of victory in the GIII Herecomesthebride S. in her U.S. debut Mar. 4, and she was anything but entirely focused in the dying strides of Saturday’s GII Appalachian S. at Keeneland, but overcame her antics to prevail over Cairo Consort (Cairo Prince). Allowed to find her feet near the back of the field as Heavenly Sunday (Candy Ride {Arg}) made play up front, Papilio hugged the fence while a fraction keen turning up the backstretch. Steered into the two path while tugging against Javier Castellano from second last into the second turn, Papilio split rivals approaching the quarter pole and was switched out and around ‘TDN Rising Star’ Be Your Best (Ire) (Muhaarar {GB}) entering the final furlong. Refusing to chart a straight course and weaving in and out with time ticking away, she wanted to have a good look at the grandstand while trying to win the race inside the sixteenth pole, and Castellano got her corrected in the nick of time for a breakthrough win at the graded level.

Saturday, Keeneland
APPALACHIAN S. PRESENTED BY JAPAN RACING ASSOCIATION-GII, $338,600, Keeneland, 4-8, 3yo, f, 1mT, 1:36.32, gd.
1–PAPILIO (IRE), 118, f, 3, by Starspangledbanner (Aus)
               1st Dam: Glafyra (Fr), by High Chaparral (Ire)
               2nd Dam: Akhla, by Nashwan
               3rd Dam: Beautiful River, by Irish River (Fr)
Ylg ’21 ARAUG). O-D. J. Stable LLC, Medallion Racing, Barry
Fowler, and Parkland Thoroughbreds; B-SCEA Marmion &
Mr A. Jathiere (IRE); T-Mark E. Casse; J-Javier Castellano.
$176,700. Lifetime Record: 7-3-2-0, $258,700.
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2–Cairo Consort, 118, f, 3, Cairo Prince–Absolutely
Awesome, by Street Cry (Ire). ($37,000 RNA Wlg ’20
FTKNOV; $95,000 Ylg ’21 FTKOCT; $875,000 2yo ’22
FTKNOV). O-Repole Stable and Town and Country Racing,
LLC; B-Frankfort Park Farm (KY); T-Todd A. Pletcher.
3–Heavenly Sunday, 118, f, 3, Candy Ride (Arg)–Alien Giant,
by Giant’s Causeway. ($170,000 RNA Ylg ’21 KEESEP).
O-Miacomet Farm (William Harrigan); B-Randal Family Trust
(KY); T-Brad H. Cox. $38,000.
Margins: NK, 1, 1. Odds: 5.99, 3.01, 4.12.
Also Ran: Well Into, Pleasant Passage, Sabalenka, Be Your Best (Ire), Alpha Bella, Beautifulnavigator (Ire).
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