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Breeders' Cup 2017

Megahertz Attracts Lady Ten, A Jealous Woman

Consistent Lady Ten, a winner of the Grade III Autumn Miss Stakes on Oct. 27, and a winner of four of her last six starts, all of them at two turns on grass, and A Jealous Woman, who comes off a solid second in the Grade II Goldikova Stakes on Nov. 4, would appear to head Saturday’s $75,000 Megahertz Stakes for older fillies and mares at one mile on turf.

In the one-mile Autumn Miss, Lady Ten was attentive to the pace as a the 2-1 favorite and prevailed by a neck, getting the distance in 1:34.80. A winner of the one-mile Sandy Blue at Del Mar on Aug. 17, she was second, beaten one-length, by A Jealous Woman in the Swingtime Stakes at Santa Anita on Oct. 6.

Blessed with good tactical speed, Lady Ten has been trouble-free in all of her recent races and has a record of 6-2-3-1 at one mile. Her overall mark is 11-4-5-2, with earnings of $246,244. Bred in Kentucky by her owner, Mercedes Stables, LLC, the 4-year-old daughter of Rock Hard Ten is conditioned by Bob Baffert and will again be ridden by Rafael Bejarano.

Owned by Three Cent Stable and trained by Francis Meza, A Jealous Woman comes off the best year in her career, as she posted a 10-3-2-1 mark with earnings of $233,408 in 2012.

Idle since the Goldikova, A Jealous Woman’s best races have been when she can make an uncontested lead as she has done in her last two victories—both of them with veteran Brice Blanc aboard. A 7-year-old California-bred mare by Muqtarib, A Jealous Woman has been ridden by Blanc in eight of her last nine starts, of which she has won three. She has career earnings of $383,256 from an overall record of 18-7-3-3.

The Megahertz, which attracted a field of eight, will also showcase the highly regarded Irish-bred Byrony, who has been favored in five of her seven stateside starts for trainer John Sadler.

A well-beaten sixth in the Goldikova, Byrony came back to run a solid third on Nov. 22 as the 6-5 favorite in a classified allowance going 1 1/16 miles on turf at Betfair Hollywood Park.

She’ll get a new rider in Garrett Gomez on Saturday and the 5-year-old mare could be taken off the early pace. Owned by the Batchelor Family Trust or J. Partridge, Byrony has earnings of $136,410 from an overall mark of 25-7-1-5.

French-bred Camelia Rose, who comes off a non-threatening sixth-place finish in the Grade III Robert J. Frankel Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on Dec. 30, will cut back in distance to a mile for the first time since April of 2011 at Longchamp. A winner on that occasion, she’s also got a second-place finish from just two tries at eight furlongs.

Owned by Reddam Racing, LLC, and trained by Simon Callaghan, 5-year-old Camelia Rose made her U.S. debut on March 1, 2012 and is looking for her first American win in what will be her 10th try on Saturday. Camelia Rose has a record of 17-2-4-1 and earnings of $157,658.

Brazilian-bred In the Stars would have to be considered an up-and-comer in the Megahertz, as she is one neck shy of winning three of her four stateside starts for trainer Richard Mandella. She stormed home to win by a half-length in her most recent effort, a second condition allowance going one mile on turf on Dec. 14.

Owned by Alessandro Arcangeli, the 5-year-old mare will again accompanied by regular rider Corey Nakatani. Group I Stakes-placed in Brazil, she is 4-3-1-0 at a mile and her overall record is 10-3-3-3, with earnings of $139,119.

The complete field for the Megahertz, which will be run as race eight, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Camelia Rose, Mario Gutierrez, 117; Vamo a Galupiar, Edwin Maldonado, 120; In the Stars, Corey Nakatani, 117; Lady Ten, Rafael Bejarano, 123; Byrony, Garrett Gomez, 117; A Jealous Woman, Brice Blanc, 123; Plaza de Indias, Omar Figueroa, 117, and Hard to Resist, Joe Talamo, 117.



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