Hillsbrook Farms’ Hard Not to Like, who prevailed by a half-length over Discreet Marq in the 26th running of the $300,000 Jenny Wiley (G1) for fillies and mares.
In the Jenny Wiley, jockey Javier Castellano had Hard Not to Like in
midpack early as Discreet Marq dueled on the front end with Cloud Scapes
and Class Included through fractions of :23.77 and :48.61.
Entering the stretch, Castellano was in among horses and waited for
room, finally diving to the inside at the sixteenth pole and wearing
down Discreet Marq near the wire.
It was the first victory in the race for Castellano and trainer Michael Matz.
Hard Not to Like, who finished ninth in the Jenny Wiley last year and
was runner-up in the 2012 Central Bank Ashland (G1), covered the 1 1/16
miles on a firm turf course in 1:42.38.
Hard Not to Like is a 5-year-old, Canadian-bred daughter of Hard Spun
out of the Tactical Cat mare Like a Gem. She improved her record to
16-6-2-1 and her earnings to $721,671 with Saturday’s $180,000 check.
Hard Not to Like returned $29, $12.20 and $7.20. Discreet Marq,
ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., returned $5.40 and $4 with Abaco rallying for
third a nose back under Jose Lezcano and paying $11.60 to show.
Emotional Kitten finished a head back in fourth and was followed in
order by defending champion Centre Court, Cloud Scapes, Kitten’s Point,
Stephanie’s Kitten, Fitful Skies (IRE) and Class Included.