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Adele Dilschneider and Claiborne Farm’s Lull
, winner of the Kentucky Downs Juvenile Fillies in her most recent start, heads a full field of 14 2-year-old fillies entered Saturday for Wednesday’s 26th running of the $150,000 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G3).
Run at 1 1/16 miles on the grass, the JPMorgan Chase Jessamine is a “Win and You’re In” challenge race for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) to be run Nov. 4 at Santa Anita.
Trained by Christophe Clement, Lull won her debut by three lengths on the turf at Belmont Park in June. Favored in her next start, she clipped heels and fell in the Bolton Landing Stakes at Saratoga.
Brian Hernandez Jr. will have the mount and break from post position four.
Chief challenges to Lull figure to come from Allan Peterson’s Majestic Gale and William Pacella and Frank Jones Jr.’s Sweeping Paddy.
Trained by Joe Sharp, Majestic Gale comes into Wednesday’s race off a 4½-length victory as the favorite in the Happy Ticket at Louisiana Downs on Sept. 10. Joel Rosario has the mount and will break from post position six.
Sweeping Paddy, a full sister to Preakness (G1) runner-up Cherry Wine, broke her maiden by 12¼ lengths in her most recent start at Kentucky Downs. Trained by Dale Romans, Sweeping Paddy will break from post position five and be ridden by Robby Albarado.
The field for the JPMorgan Chase Jessamine Chase with riders and weights is: Senora Acero (Miguel Mena, 118 pounds), La Coronel (Florent Geroux, 118), Wicked Lick (Julien Leparoux, 118), Lull (Hernandez Jr., 118), Sweeping Paddy (Albarado, 118), Majestic Gale (Rosario, 120), Lipstick City (Jose Lezcano, 118), Tapa Tapa Tapa (Joe Bravo, 118), Majestic Bonnie (Manny Franco, 118), Rum Go (James Graham, 118), Divine Humor (Calvin Borel, 118), Zero Zee (John Velazquez, 118), Queen Del Valle (Edgard Zayas, 118) and Liberale (FR) (Jose Ortiz, 118).
Source: Keeneland Association