Today’s 23rd running of the $150,000 JPMorgan Chase
Jessamine (G3) for 2-year-old fillies is the final “Win and You’re In”
race for the Breeders’ Cup. Trainer Rusty Arnold is taking two shots at
the 1 1/16-mile contest that will earn the winner a spot in the $1
million Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita.
Arnold has Regis Racing’s Zinzay, who broke her
maiden at first asking at the JPMorgan Chase Jessamine distance on the
grass at Saratoga, and G. Watts Humphrey Jr.’s Pretty Fancy, a maiden winner in her second start on grass at Kentucky Downs.
Zinzay rewarded her backers with a $41.80 mutuel when she won her debut, but she was not a surprise to Arnold.
“They paid a lot of money for her ($700,000) and when we got her, she
had already been working halves in Florida for Niall Brennan and she is
bred for grass,” Arnold said of the daughter of Smart Strike out of an
Unbridled’s Song mare. “It is tough to win going a mile and sixteenth
first out, but she did everything right. We have given her plenty of
time and she has had two good works here.”
Joe Rocco Jr., who was aboard for the victory at Saratoga, retains the mount Wednesday.
“Pretty Fancy is just the opposite of Zinzay,” Arnold said. “She’s an
improving filly. She was very green in her first start at Ellis Park
and she ran in spurts. When we took her to Kentucky Downs, she had
another horse pass her and she came back on to win. I tried to get her
in three races here and none of them went, so I guess maybe they were
trying to tell me something and I put her in the stakes.”
Victor Lebron will have the mount Wednesday.