Two rising grass stars, Daisy Devine and Marketing Mix, plus 2009 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner
Tapitsfly top a field of 10 to pass the entry box for the 27th running of the
Churchill Distaff Turf Mile Presented by American Commercial Lines (GII) for
fillies and mares going a mile on the Matt Winn Turf Course.
The Churchill Distaff Turf Mile, won last year by Aviate, will go as the eighth
race Saturday with a 2:59 p.m. post time.
Owned by James Miller and
trained by Andrew McKeever, Daisy Devine is undefeated in four starts on the
turf. James Graham, who has been aboard for the past three victories that
include a score in the Jenny Wiley (GI) last month at Keeneland, has the mount
Saturday on Daisy Devine, who will exit post position five.
Glen Hill Farm’s Marketing Mix
has won four of five starts on grass with the lone setback being a runner-up
finish in last fall’s Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (GI) at Keeneland.
Trained by Tom Proctor, Marketing Mix won the Mrs. Revere (GII) here to close
out her 2011 and campaign and won her seasonal bow three weeks ago at
Keeneland. Marketing Mix will start from post position three under Julien
Frank Jones Jr.’s Tapitsfly
enters the Churchill Distaff Turf Mile off a third-place finish in the Jenny
Wiley. Trained by Dale Romans, Tapitsfly took the Honey Fox (GII) in March at
Gulfstream Park. Tapitsfly will break from post position four under Robby
The field for the Churchill Distaff Turf Mile from the hedge out is as follows:
Heavenly Landing (Corey Lanerie, 118 pounds), Hooh Why (Rafael Bejarano, 118),
Marketing Mix (Leparoux, 120), Tapitsfly (Albarado, 120), Daisy Devine (Graham,
123), Annabel Lee (Jon Court, 118), Aruna (Ramon Dominguez, 118), City to City
(Corey Nakatani, 120), La Reine Lionne (Javier Castellano, 118) and Hungry
Island (John Velazquez, 118).