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Defending Champ Daisy Devine Headlines Jenny Wiley

Daisy Devine (no. 5), ridden by James Graham and trained by Andrew McKeever, wins the 45th running of the grade 2 Fair Grounds Oaks for three year old fillies on March 26, 2011 at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Bob Mayberger/Eclipse Sportswire)
A star-studded field that includes seven graded stakes winners, three of them Grade 1 victors, passed the entry box Wednesday morning for Saturday’s 25th running of the $300,000 Jenny Wiley Stakes (G1) for fillies and mares.

Headlining the Jenny Wiley at 1 1/16 miles on the turf is defending champion Daisy Devine, who will try to join Intercontinental (GB) as the only runner to win the race in consecutive years. Intercontinental won in 2004 and 2005.

Owned by James Miller and trained by Andrew McKeever, Daisy Devine has won seven of nine career races on grass. She also won the 2011 Pin Oak Valley View Stakes (G3).  Regular rider James Graham has the mount in the Jenny Wiley on Daisy Devine, who will break from post position eight.

The other Grade 1 winners in the field are Godolphin Racing’s Better Lucky and Martin Schwartz’s Samitar (GB).

Trained by Tom Albertrani, Better Lucky will make her 2013 debut after closing 2012 with a victory in the Matriarch Stakes (G1) at Betfair Hollywood Park. Third in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes (G1) here last fall, Better Lucky will be ridden Saturday by Eddie Castro and break from post position three.

Samitar, who finished a nose behind Better Lucky in the QE II, is a Group 1 winner in Europe and also the winner of last year’s Garden City Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park. Trained by Chad Brown, Samitar will break from post position six and be ridden by Javier Castellano.

The other graded stakes winners in the field are G. Watts Humphrey Jr.’s Centre Court, Hillsbrook Farms’ Hard Not to Like, Stud TNT’s Old Tune (BRZ) and Reddam Racing’s Quiet Oasis (IRE).

The field for the Jenny Wiley, from the inside out, is as follows: Centre Court (Julien Leparoux, 120 pounds), Old Tune (BRZ) (Joel Rosario, 120), Better Lucky (Castro, 123), Ausus (Shaun Bridgmohan, 118), Quiet Oasis (IRE) (Mario Gutierrez, 118), Samitar (GB) (Castellano, 118), Abaco (Garrett Gomez, 118), Daisy Devine (Graham, 120) and Hard Not to Like (Joe Rocco Jr., 120).



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