July 18, 2015
Castleton Lyons homebred Antonia Autumn, by former farm flagship sire Bernstein out of blue hen Chipeta Springs, had a comfortable win in the Indiana General Assembly Distaff Stakes at Indiana Downs last night for in form trainer Ben Colebrook. That track's flagship day included the running of the G2 Indiana Derby, the G2 Indiana Oaks and four listed races in total which made for very competitive racing with representatives from top barns nationwide. The six year old mare was having her last afternoon outing for Castleton Lyons as she commences her breeding career and goes out with a bang claiming her first stakes victory. Unhurried early with replacement jockey Corey Lanerie in the irons, she had a dream trip over 8 1/2 furlongs of rain softened turf hugging the inside till they rounded the turn when Corey pulled her to challenge having been behind a wall of horses. Given her office she quickly sprinted clear in the style that her brother Gio Ponti was famous for, and won going away by nearly three lengths with G1 winner Kitten's Dumplings finishing as runner-up. Antonia Autumn now retires to the paddocks possessing an excellent race record to compliment a stellar pedigree.