Multiple Grade 3 queen Keertana will take on boys for the first time in
her 25-race career when she lines up in the gate of Saturday's $100,000
Grade 3 Louisville at Churchill Downs. The dark bay mare will break from
post 4 under jockey Jose Lezcano in the field of 10 while going 1 1/2
miles in her second straight race.
The Tom Proctor trainee first tried 12 furlongs on April 28 at
Keeneland, where she pulled off a 1 1/4-length victory in the Grade 3
Bewitch over yielding ground. The five-year-old has plenty of experience
winning on firm turf as well, taking Grade 3 The Very One at Gulfstream
in February and last year's Grade 3 Glens Falls at Saratoga, and loves
the Matt Winn Turf Course. She just missed by a half-length when third
in last year's Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf under the
Twin Spires, and also placed third in the Grade 3 Mint Julep last June.
Keertana has captured three of her four starts this season, with her
only loss once again coming as a third, this time in the Grade 3
Hillsborough at Tampa Bay Downs in March. She'll tote the second highest
weight in the Louisville field when Lezcano weighs in at 117 pounds.