Keeneland news: Blue Prize set for return in Doubledogdare

Keeneland Barn Notes
April 14, 2019 01:36pm
Merriebelle Stable’s Blue Prize, winner of last fall’s Juddmonte Spinster (G1) at Keeneland, headlines a field of nine fillies and mares entered for Friday’s 25th running of the Grade 3, $100,000 Hilliard Lyons-Baird Doubledogdare.

The 1 1/16-mile main track test will go as the ninth race with a 5:30 p.m. ET post time on the 10-race card that begins at 1:05 p.m.

Trained by Ignacio Correas IV, Blue Prize will be making her first start since she finishing fourth, 1 ½ lengths behind champion Monomoy Girl, in last November’s Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Churchill Downs.

A multiple graded stakes winner, Blue Prize will be ridden by Joe Bravo and break from post position two.

The field for the Hilliard Lyons-Baird Doubledogdare, with riders and weights from the rail out, is: Jala Jala (MEX) (Luis Saez, 118 pounds), Blue Prize (ARG) (Bravo, 123), Electric Forest (Jose Ortiz, 118), Promise of Spring (Corey Lanerie, 118), Moonlit Garden (Joel Rosario, 118), La Force (Drayden Van Dyke, 118), Go Google Yourself (Brian Hernandez Jr., 118), Golden Award (Tyler Gaffalione, 118) and Eqho (Rodney Prescott, 118).


E Five Racing Thoroughbreds’
 Rushing Fall and rider Javier Castellano added to their Keeneland accolades Saturday when they won the 31st running of the Coolmore Jenny Wiley (G1) by a length.

The victory was the fourth here for Rushing Fall, who made her local debut with an eye-catching stretch run to win the JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G3) as a 2-year-old in 2017. Last year, she opened her campaign with a victory in the Appalachian (G2) Presented by Japan Racing Association and closed the year with a front-running score in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane’s End (G1).

Baldo Hernandez, assistant to trainer Chad Brown, said Sunday morning that the $400,000 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (G2) on May 4 is a possibility for Rushing Fall’s next start.

Castellano, who has been aboard Rushing Fall in all eight of her starts, posted his sixth stakes victory of the meet. The others: Palisades Turf Sprint with
 Bulletin, Kentucky Utilities Transylvania (G3) with Avie's Flatter, Madison (G1) with Spiced Perfection, Toyota Blue Grass (G2) with Vekoma and Maker’s 46 Mile (G1) with Delta Prince.

Castellano is the 2019 Spring Meet’s leading rider with 14 wins.


Bourbon Lane Stable’s
 Bourbon Resolution was doing well Sunday morning at Keeneland following his 4½-length victory in the $200,000 Ben Ali (G3) on Saturday, according to Nicola Ward, who oversees trainer Ian Wilkes’ Keeneland string.

The Ben Ali marked the 4-year-old’s first stakes victory and gave Wilkes his second Keeneland stakes triumph. He is the third Keeneland stakes winner for jockey Chris Landeros.

Wilkes said via text Sunday that the $400,000 Alysheba (G2) at Churchill Downs going 1 1/16 miles on May 3 is a possibility for Bourbon Resolution’s next start.


Trainer Josie Carroll said Transylvania winner
 Avie’s Flatter likely will start next in the American Turf (G2) going 1 1/16 miles on May 4 at Churchill Downs. Owned by Ivan Dalos, Avie’s Flatter is scheduled to work here on the turf Tuesday, according to Carroll.


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