Micheline faces Brown pair in Keeneland's Jenny Wiley

Micheline faces Brown pair in Keeneland's Jenny Wiley
Photo: Tampa Bay Downs

Godolphin homebred Micheline, winner of the Grade 2 Hillsborough at Tampa Bay Downs in her 2021 debut, and the graded stakes-winning duo of Etoile and Tamahere trained by Chad Brown headline a small but select field of six fillies and mares entered Wednesday for Saturday’s 33rd running of the $300,000 Jenny Wiley (G1) at Keeneland.

The Jenny Wiley, run at 1 1/16 miles on the turf, will go as the 10th race on Saturday afternoon’s 11-race program with a 6:03 p.m. EDT post time. First post time is 1:05 p.m.

Trained by Mike Stidham, Micheline closed 2020 with a victory in the Dueling Grounds Oaks at Kentucky Downs and then was runner-up in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) at Keeneland last fall. Her victory in the Hillsborough was her first graded-stakes victory.

Luis Saez will have the mount and break from post 1.

Brown will be going for his fourth consecutive victory and fifth overall in the Jenny Wiley when he sends out Etiole, owned by Peter Brant, Mrs. M.V. Magnier and Mrs. Paul Shanahan, and Tamahere, owned by Swift Thoroughbreds, Madaket Stables and Wonder Stables.

Etoile will be making her first start since winning the E.P. Taylor (G1) at Woodbine in October. A Group 3 winner in France before coming to North America, she will be ridden by Javier Castellano and break from post 4.

Tamahere, winner of the Sands Point (G2) in her U.S. debut in October, will be making her first start since finishing sixth in the Matriarch (G1) at Del Mar. Irad Ortiz Jr. has the mount and will break from post 2.

Brown’s winners in the Jenny Wiley are Ball Dancing (2015), Sistercharlie (2018) and Rushing Fall in 2019 and 2020.

2021 Jenny Wiley (G1)

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