Ticker
  • Songbird repels the challenge of Carina Mia, and romps home in the CCA Oaks.Posted 12 hours ago
  • Up With the Birds swings to victory in Woodbine's Nijinsky Stakes.Posted 13 hours ago
  • Tin Type Gal rides the rail to victory in Monmouth's Boiling Springs.Posted 13 hours ago
  • California Chrome edges Dortmund in a San Diego Handicap showdown.Posted 1 day ago
  • Mokat (7-1) turns the San Clemente into a one-filly show.Posted 1 day ago
  • Dacita just gets up in the Grade 1 Diana in a four-horse photo.Posted 1 day ago
  • Front Pocket Money grinds to victory in the Grade 3 Jersey Shore.Posted 1 day ago
  • Hit It Once More romps home a big winner of the New York Derby.Posted 1 day ago
  • Bitumen (4-5) powers home to win the Grade 3 Sanford at Saratoga.Posted 1 day ago
  • Secretariat winner Highland Reel goes all the way in the Group 1 King George.Posted 1 day ago

Cecil Makes Rare Trek to Keeneland

Secret Circle, ridden by jockey Rafael Bejarano and trained by Bob Baffert wins the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky on November 4, 2011.

Ben Cecil has been an infrequent visitor to Keeneland from his Southern California base with only five starters here, the most recent in 2008.

That figure will increase by two on Saturday when Cecil sends out Shumoos in the 12th running of the $300,000 Madison Stakes (G1) and Quiet Oasis (IRE) for the 25th running of the $300,000 Jenny Wiley Stakes (G1).

Shumoos will make her third start since coming off a 14-month layoff after finishing second against males in the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint at Churchill Downs.

“I have had her since the Breeders’ Cup,” Cecil said. “She had a hairline fracture and then after that it was one thing after another. She was very impressive in her first start back (a 2½-length victory going six furlongs).”

In her most recent start, Shumoos finished third in the Las Flores Stakes (G3) at 6½ furlongs.

“I don’t think she likes to be on the lead, and I think we will try something different tomorrow,” Cecil said.

Quiet Oasis also is on the comeback trail.

“She was third in the Santa Ana (G2) in her first start in eight months,” Cecil said of the two-time graded stakes winner.

The Jenny Wiley field of nine includes six other graded stakes winners, three of them Grade 1 victors.

“They don’t just give away Grade 1s,” Cecil said referring to the depth of the race.

 

 

 

comments powered by Disqus

Related Pages

Related Stories

Top Stories