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Grade 1 winners Golden Ticket and Richard’s Kid, plus Keeneland graded stakes winner Successful Dan, top a deep field of seven entered Thursday for Sunday’s 83rd running of the $150,000 Ben Ali Stakes (G3) at 1 1/8 miles on the main track.

The Ben Ali, which served as the launching pad for Wise Dan’s Horse of the Year campaign in 2012, will go as the eighth race on Sunday’s nine-race program with a 4:42 p.m. (ET) post time.

Magic City Thoroughbred Partners’ Golden Ticket enters the Ben Ali off a fourth-place finish in the Skip Away Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park on March 30. Trained by Ken McPeek, the four-year-old Speightstown colt dead-heated with Alpha for the victory in last summer’s Travers Stakes (G1). James Graham will ride Golden Ticket, who drew post position three.

David Kenney, Triple B Farms and Westside Rentals.com, et al.’s Richard’s Kid, trained by Doug O’Neill, returns to a Polytrack surface on which he won the Pacific Classic Stakes (G1) twice at Del Mar. Third in the Tokyo City Stakes (G3) on dirt at Santa Anita on March 23 in his most recent start, the eight-year-old son of Lemon Drop Kid will be ridden by Rosie Napravnik and break from post position five on Sunday.

Morton Fink’s Successful Dan, sidelined by a ligament strain since last summer, will make his seven-year-old debut over a surface on which he never has lost. Four-for-four in his career at Keeneland, the Successful Appeal gelding won the 2010 Fayette Stakes (G2). Charlie LoPresti trains Successful Dan, who will break from post position one and be ridden by Julien Leparoux.

Supplemented to the race was Phipps Stable’s Boisterous. Trained by Shug McGaughey, Boisterous is a five-time graded stakes winner on turf and will be making his 2013 debut. Joel Rosario has the mount on Boisterous, a six-year-old son of Distorted Humor who will break from post position seven.

The field for the Ben Ali, from the rail out, is as follows: Successful Dan (Leparoux, 118 pounds), Stephanoatsee (Joe Rocco Jr., 118), Golden Ticket (Graham, 118), Son of a General (Robby Albarado, 120), Richard’s Kid (Napravnik, 118), Hattaash (Kent Desormeaux, 118) and Boisterous (Rosario, 123).




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