KARAKONTIE's Foreign Relations Wins Louisville Stakes (G3)

KARAKONTIE registered his 10th stakes winner on Saturday when Foreign Relations won the Louisville Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs.

Trained by Conor Murphy for Double O Racing, the Gainesway-bred 5-year-old broke a step slow from his outside position before hustling to a spot just a few lengths off the leaders in third. Racing wide under the twin spires on the turf, Foreign Relations was keen under Declan Cannon down the backstretch and was taken up a notch to keep him focused on the job.

When Cannon let his mount go, Foreign Relations took off like a shot and collared the leaders by the top of the stretch before pulling away. A few late runners closed the gap to 1 ½ lengths, but in the end he easily won his second race of the year and took his career earnings to nearly $200,000.

Foreign Relations is one of two winners from two to race out of three-time winner Quest alongside KARAKONTIE’s Guaranteed Speck. Quest is a half-sister to stakes winner Tresorerie, Group 3 placed King Ottokar, and stakes placed and Group 1 fourth place finisher Tresorier.

Quest has a KARAKONTIE 3-year-old named French Lover to come.

In the past four weeks, KARAKONTIE saw daughter Princess Grace win an Australian Group 3 and his Grade 1 winning daughter Spendarella win New York-Bred Horse of the Year and finish second in a Grade 2 in her return to the track on Kentucky Derby day.