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Keeneland Breeders' Cup Challenge Races, Part 4

The final Breeders’ Cup Challenge race at Keeneland this fall is the GIII JP Morgan Chase Jessamine Stakes. The 8th race on the card today, the Jessamine features 2yo fillies going 1 1/16m on the turf, competing for a $150,000 purse and automatic entry into the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, next month at Churchill Downs. Morning line favorites of the field of 14 (including 2 alternate entries) are Emerald Gold (5/2), Sweet Cat (4/1), and Somali Lemonade (3/1). As juveniles, there aren’t many PPs to go by for most of these fillies, which makes it more challenging for me—the non-handicapper-handicapper—but it’s all a gamble anyway, so here’s what I’ve gleaned . . .







Emerald Gold comes back east to run at Keeneland after finishing 3rd in the GI Del Mar Debutante Stakes at 7f. The Debutante was her first start after breaking her maiden her second time out.  Somali Lemonade broke her maiden at Belmont in only 7f on a good turf track, but there’s a good chance she can handle the added distance, given her Lemon Drop Kid pedigree. As for Sweet Cat, the 4/1 shot, I wonder how she’ll handle both the distance, and the yielding turf, as it will be this afternoon. Personally, I have a soft spot for Honey Talk, the 12/1 Distorted Humor filly. She’s coming into this race right off her maiden win--a 1m win on the turf at Belmont--but I like that she’s the only one who has run the distance before (twice) and has run 3 of 4 of her races on the turf.


JP Morgan Chase Jessamine S. (GIII)
October 13, $400,000, fillies, 2yo, 1 1/16M (Turf) Keeneland Race Course, 4:52 PM ET

ML
Post
Horse
Weight
Jockey
Trainer
8/1
1
120
C.H. Borel
T.M. Amoss
3/1
2
118
A.O. Solis
M. R. Matz
30/1
3
118
J. Graham
D. R. Vance
8/1
4
120
K. Carmouche
M.V. Pinto
8/1
5
Soonerette, 2, f.
118
R. Maragh
D.K. Von Hemel
15/1
6
118
M.R. Cruz
K.G. McPeek
12/1
7
Honey Talk, 2, f.
118
E.S. Prado
N.J. Howard
20/1
8
Falconess, 2, f.
118
J.K. Court
B.S. Flint
4/1
9
Sweet Cat, 2, f.
118
J.R. Velasquez
T. A. Pletcher
30/1
10
118
C.J. Lanerie
T.Q. McCauley
5/2
11
118
G.K. Gomez
T.F. Proctor
50/1
12
Piskacha, 2, f.
118
M. Guzman
M.A. Castaneda
12/1
13-AE
118
M. Mena
S. Duke
15/1
14-AE
118
R. Mojica, Jr.
J.E. Baker
 

 

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Somali Lemonade looked great today running into that slow pace! The pace should be quicker in the BC Juv. Turf, so hopefully Matz brings her back in a few weeks.
















Meet Melaina Phipps

I came to horseracing only about a decade ago. (And no, I am no relation to the celebrated racing family of the same name.) My equine interests prior to that began, as they do for most young girls, with riding lessons and horse shows, and ended up with me playing polo while a graduate student at UVA and thereafter. It was entirely unexpected that I should spend time on the backstretch at Saratoga in the summer and on the rail at Payson Park in Florida in the winter watching some of the best trainers and horses in the country work. But that’s where I found myself and where my interest in this wild ride of an industry took shape. I don’t exercise racehorses; I don’t work with a trainer.  I watch, I listen, I ask a lot of questions, and I learn.  I enjoy supporting equine charities. Sometimes I bet a little.

I leave the handicapping and serious race talk and examination to those more knowledgeable than I. What I’d like to share through Around the Oval are some of the myriad observations, stories, histories, events, charities, places, and personalities that make up the variegated landscape of the Thoroughbred racing industry. If you find any—or all—of it interesting, please leave comments. Have any particular interests you’d like to read about? Send word—suggestions are more than welcome! 




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