Wide through a :26 quarter set by Big Thong, Percy Bluechip floated uncovered towards the leader, struggling to clear after a :54.4. Taking the lead into the turn, Percy Bluechip quickly lost the top to Kendall Seelster heading to three-quarters, timed in 1:23.4. Kendall Seelster drifted in the stretch, leaving room for Percy Bluechip to fire at the inside, while Play The Bell launched off cover towards the center of the track into second. Kendall Seelster held on for third.
By Shadow Play out of the Artsplace mare Advantest, Percy Bluechip, winning her fifth race in eight starts, has earned $453,295 for owners Shadow Two Stable and James and Wilma Mackenzie. Trained by Dr. Ian Moore and driven by Trevor Henry, she paid $6.80 to win.
"She's been a very special filly for us; it's great that she's done this," Dr. Moore said. "I was just saying today, as we were driving up to London for the sale, how fortunate I am to be able to train and race horses by a horse who was very good to me, and I'm talking about her sire, Shadow Play. It's a win-win for all of us; it's our original group, plus a couple others in on Percy.
"We're not taking anything away from the other fillies either - there're a couple of good ones, like [Kendall Seelster], and she raced tough all year as well. We're fortunate to win tonight despite what a rotten night it is."
"She raced tough, but the race didn't go the way I thought it would," Trevor Henry said. "Randy's filly got a little tired. The muddy track might've suited her - she's not very big, but I've got a big filly and she raced good."