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Breeders' Cup 2017

Centre Court Works for Jenny Wiley

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Photo: Coglianese Photos/Kenny Martin

Two leading contenders for next Saturday’s $300,000 Jenny Wiley (G1) worked after the renovation break Saturday. Defending champion Centre Court, trained by Rusty Arnold for G. Watts Humphrey Jr., worked a half-mile in :48.40 and 2011 Darley Alcibiades (G1) winner Stephanie’s Kitten worked five furlongs in 1:01.80. Fractions for Stephanie’s Kitten, who worked with Kitten Kaboodle on even terms, were :13.40, :25.80, :37.80 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:14.80.

The Jenny Wiley will mark the 2014 debut for Stephanie’s Kitten, a homebred racing for Ken and Sarah Ramsey. That schedule was not originally intended, trainer Chad Brown said.

“She was supposed to have her prep race for the Jenny Wiley in the Hillsborough (G3 at Tampa Bay Downs on March 8),” he said. “About a week and a half before the race she kicked herself in the stall and one of her hind legs needed a couple of staples. It just wasn’t the right thing to do to lead her over there. I wanted her 100 percent. So we’ve had to train her up to a race this big, which is hard to do. It is what it is so hopefully she can come through off the layoff.”



Gary Barber and WinStar Farm’s Laugh Track, runner-up in the Phoenix (G3) here last fall before running second in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1), heads the list of prospective runners for next Saturday’s 28th running of the $175,000 Commonwealth (G3) at seven furlongs on the main track.

According to Stakes Coordinator Scott Jones, other probable starters for the race are Carving, Longhunter (GB), Mongolian Saturday and Undrafted with Dimension (GB), No Silent and Zeewat considered as possible.

Also scheduled for next Saturday’s 12-race Toyota Blue Grass program is the 18th running of the $100,000 Shakertown (G3) at 5½ furlongs on the grass.

Topping the list of probables is 2013 winner Havelock with potential rivals including Ancil, Channel Marker, Gantry, Hogy, Marchman, Positive Side and Shrinking Violet. Considered as possible starters are Animal Style and Spring to the Sky.

Gulfstream Park stakes winners Sweet Whiskey and Ready to Act, top the potential roster of entrants for the 29th running of the $200,000 Beaumont (G2) Presented by Keeneland Select on Sunday, April 13.  

Other 3-year-old fillies likely headed to the race over the Beard Course of seven furlongs, 184 feet are Co Cola, False Clock, Katie’s Eyes, Richies Party Girl, Spring Again and Tea Time.



Juddmonte Farms’ Emollient, winner of last year’s Central Bank Ashland (G1) and Juddmonte Spinster (G1) tops a list of 44 fillies and mares nominated to the 20th running of the $100,000 Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare (G3) to be contested Friday, April 18, at 1 1/16 miles on the main track.

Emollient became only the fourth filly to win the Ashland and Spinster in the same year, joining Take Charge Lady (2002), Optimistic Gal (1976) and Doubledogdare (1956).

Other marquee names among the Doubledogdare nominees are the Jerry Hollendorfer-trained duo of Let Faith Arise, winner of the Santa Margarita (G1), and Scherzinger, winner of the Santa Monica (G2). Solid Appeal, winner of the Dance Smartly (G2) and Nassau (G2) last year at Woodbine also is nominated.

The richest race of the Spring Meet’s third week is the 33rd running of the $200,000 Coolmore Lexington (G3) for 3-year-olds going 1 1/16 miles on the main track. The Coolmore Lexington is the final race that offers points toward the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands with 17 points on the line with 10 going to the winner.

Among the list of 69 nominees are Poker Player and Bashart, the 1-2 finishers in last fall’s Bourbon (G3) here, and Ami’s Holiday, winner of the Gray (G3) last year at Woodbine.

The Coolmore Lexington will be one of three stakes Keeneland offers on April 19. The others are the 84th running of the $150,000 Ben Ali (G3) and the 18th running of the $100,000 Giant’s Causeway.

Heading the 36 nominations for the Ben Ali for 4-year-olds and up going 1 1/8 miles on the main track is two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan. Winner of the 2012 Ben Ali, Wise Dan is expected to make his 2014 debut in Friday’s Maker’s 46 Mile (G1).

Other notable nominees are Grade 1 winners Admiral Kitten, Boisterous and Joha plus Newsdad and Nikki’s Sandcastle, winners of the past two runnings of the Fayette (G2) here.

The Giant’s Causeway, for fillies and mares going 5½ furlongs on the turf, attracted 26 nominations headed by Madame Giry and Queen’s Award, winners of the past two runnings of the Buffalo Trace Franklin County, Keeneland’s Fall Meet equivalent of the Giant’s Causeway.

The 26th running of the $100,000 Appalachian (G3) Presented by Japan Racing Association for 3-year-old fillies going a mile on the turf on Thursday, April 17 drew 52 nominees, headed by the 1-2 finishers from last fall’s JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G3) here last fall Kitten Kaboodle and Zinzay. Other nominees of note are Llanarmon, winner of the Natalma (G2) last year at Woodbine and Lacarolina (FR), winner of the Group 3 Prix Miesque in France.




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