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Oleksandra Takes Buffalo Trace Franklin County Stakes

The 5-year-old mare recorded her first graded stakes victory.

On the day it was announced that classic winner and champion Animal Kingdom  had been sold to interests in Japan, his daughter Oleksandra kept the stallion in the headlines for another reason by winning the $150,000 Buffalo Trace Franklin County Stakes (G3T) Oct. 11 at Keeneland.

Typical of her style and that of her sire, who closed from off the pace to win the 2011 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), Oleksandra was far behind early. She settled in ninth under Joel Rosario, 7 1/2 lengths behind speedster Girls Know Best, who sprang away from the starting gate to lead with fractions of :21.73 and :44.17 for a half-mile in the 5 1/2-furlong race on the firm turf.