Royal Ascot: Dettori Rules Again, Takes Queen Mary Stakes With Raffle Prize

Jockey Frankie Dettori added to his reputation as “Mr. Royal Ascot” Wednesday by guiding longshot Raffle Prize to victory in the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes for 2-year-old fillies, giving Dettori his 61st victory at the famed meet.

Off at 18-1 odds, Raffle Prize narrowly held off Wesley Ward-trained Kimari (13-2), ridden by John Velazquez, who won her only previous start at Keeneland by 15 lengths.

“I was thinking in my mind, when I got beside the Wesley horse, I thought if I get beat I’d be upset and if I win, he’s gonna be upset,” said Dettori. “I’m good friends with Wesley, so it was mixed feelings when I crossed the line.”

Said Ward of Kimari: “She showed speed. That last little bit, she dug down, she tried hard but she couldn’t quite sustain.”

“People are always asking you at Royal Ascot what your chances are. How can you know? said trainer Mark Johnston. “They’re all effectively maiden winners coming in here. There’s nothing in here with a great deal of form to go on. We thought she deserved to be here but you can’t say you know how good she is in relation to the others.”

Raffle Prize, a son of Slade Power bred in Ireland, is owned by the Crown Prince of Dubai, the son of Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed. The filly came into the race with two starts in Britain, having won her most recent start.

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