Photo courtesy of Keeneland Photo
LEXINGTON, KY (April 12, 2023) – Heider Family Stables’ Flirting Bridge (IRE) rocketed past longtime leader Sister Lou Ann inside the sixteenth pole to win the featured $120,000 Woods Edge Purse for fillies and mares by 1¼ lengths Wednesday afternoon at Keeneland. (Click here for a replay of the race.)
Trained by Brendan Walsh and ridden by Tyler Gaffalione, Flirting Bridge covered the 1 1/16 miles on a turf course labeled as good in 1:42.79. The victory was the third of the afternoon for Gaffalione and second for Walsh.
The 5-year-old daughter of Camelot was making her 2023 debut after closing her 2022 campaign with a runner-up finish in the E. P. Taylor (G1) at Woodbine in October. The victory improved her record to 14-3-3-2 and increased her career earnings to $270,521 with Wednesday’s $45,880 check.
Heavily favored in the field of 11, Flirting Bridge returned $3.74, $2.54 and $2.24. Sister Lou Ann, ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., returned $3.38 and $2.76 and finished 4¼ lengths in front of One Time Mo, who paid $5.32 to show under Jareth Loveberry.
Racing resumes Thursday with a nine-race program that begins at 1 p.m. ET.