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Half sister to Keeneland Hip 115 gains Group 1 credentials

 The half sister to Laughing Lashes by First Samurai  Laughing Lashes, the half sister to an outstanding filly by First Samurai that Runnymede has consigned to the Keeneland September yearling sale as Hip 115, earned Group 1 black type with a sharp second-place finish in the Moyglare Stud Stakes (G1) at the Curragh on August 29.

    The winner of the seven-furlong Keeneland Debutante Stakes (G2) in her previous start, Laughing Lashes was forwardly placed early in the Moyglare by jockey Fran Berry behind pacesetter Misty For Me.

    With the ground rated good to firm, Misty For Me held on to her lead and finished a length in front of Laughing Lashes at the wire, with previously undefeated and heavy favorite Memory, winner of two group stakes in England, more than 5 ½ lengths back in sixth. Time for the seven furlongs was 1:24.56.

   “We’re very proud of her and feel fortunate that she has been in such good hands,” said Runnymede Vice President and General Manager Martin O’Dowd of two-year-old Laughing Lashes, who boosted her earnings past $160,000 in her fourth career start. Runnymede co-bred Laughing Lashes with Robert P. Levy and sold the filly at last year’s Keeneland September sale for $100,000.

   Agent Ben McElroy selected Laughing Lashes at Keeneland, and the filly races for the McElroy Syndicate and trainer Jessica Harrington. Laughing Lashes defeated Misty For Me in the Debutante Stakes and earlier finished second in the Silver Flash Stakes (G3) at Leopardstown.

   “Laughing Lashes is a tribute to the keen eye of Ben McElroy,” O’Dowd said, “and clearly Jessica Harrington has done a tremendous job.”

    Laughing Lashes’ half sister, the yearling filly by First Samurai who also was bred by Runnymede in partnership with Levy, is an elegant and athletic bay. She will be offered on September 13 during the second session of Keeneland’s Book 1.

   “She looks like another star in the making,” O’Dowd said of the First Samurai filly, who is the third foal of the Unbridled’s Song mare Adventure. The oldest of her foals, the four-year-old Captain Ellis, is a winner in England.

   “She is a beautiful mare and we love the foals she is producing,” O’Dowd said of Adventure, who is currently is boarded at the Irish National Stud and is in foal to top sire Dalakhani. Twice a winner during her racing career, Adventure is a half sister to Group 1 winner Palace Episode and was produced by Palace Weekend, a half sister to Grade 2 winners Tejano Run, who finished second in the 1995 Kentucky  Derby (G1), and More Royal.