Eighteen-to-one long shot, Strathnaver, casts a spell and wins the $150,000 Bewitch Stakes last Thursday at Keeneland.

Photo: Keeneland/Coady Photography

Strathnaver, a 4-year-old English-bred filly trained by Graham Motion for owner Andrew Stone, charged past Regalo Mia in deep stretch to register a one-length triumph in the Bewitch, a 1 1/2-mile grass test for older fillies and mares.

“I got a perfect trip,” said Rosario, the 28-year-old native of Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic. “Graham told me to just let her do whatever she wants and she did it.”

A daughter of Oasis Dream, Strathnaver improved to 2-for-2 in the U.S. after beginning her career in England. Her winning time for the marathon event was 2:30.65 over firm going. The winner was bred by Mrs. C.R. Robinson and Mrs. H.G. Lascelles out of the Lahib mare River Belle.

No factor in the early going while racing eighth, Strathnaver responded when roused by Rosario with three furlongs to run. Despite having to circle the field seven wide into the stretch, the bay filly came flying through the lane to sweep past Regalo Mia at the furlong mark and won inching clear.

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