Gillian Campbell, Martin Racing Stable, Greenwood Lodge Farm and Car-Den Racing’s Ciao Bella Luna heads an overflow field of 14 three-year-old fillies and two also-eligibles entered Wednesday for Saturday’s 15th running of the $250,000 Lexus Raven Run (G2) at seven furlongs on the main track.
The Lexus Raven Run, one of the final graded sprints limited to 3-year-old fillies in 2013, will go as the ninth race on Saturday’s 10-race program with a 5:23 p.m. (ET) post time.
Ciao Bella Luna, winner of this spring’s Beaumont (G2), will attempt to join Gypsy Robin, who last year became the first filly to sweep the Beaumont and Lexus Raven Run.
Now trained by Wayne Catalano, Ciao Bella Luna won the Beaumont by 21Ž2 lengths over the Beard Course distance of seven furlongs and 184 feet in April while being trained by Jerry Hollendorfer. Fourth in the Hollywood Oaks (G2) in her most recent start, Ciao Bella Luna will break from post position nine Saturday and be ridden for the first time by Ricardo Santana Jr.
Chief among Ciao Bella Luna’s rivals is SF Racing’s Lighthouse Bay, winner of the Prioress (G1) in July at Saratoga. Trained by George Weaver, Lighthouse Bay will make her Polytrack debut Saturday. Joe Rocco Jr., who was aboard for the Prioress victory, has the call Saturday and will break from post position five.
Another filly that might attract interest from the public is Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Tanourin Stable’s Silsita, who will make her first start on an all-weather surface since winning the Bourbonette Oaks (G3) in March at Turfway Park. Trained by Todd Pletcher, Silsita will break from post position four and be ridden by Mike Smith.
The field for the Lexus Raven Run, from the rail out, is as follows: Plenty O’Toole (Marcelino Pedroza Jr., 118 pounds), Sittin At the Bar (Mark Guidry, 120), Turn by Turn (Kent Desormeaux, 118), Silsita (Smith, 118), Lighthouse Bay (Rocco Jr., 122), Thetaloveandmine (James Graham, 118), Jewel of a Cat (Chris DeCarlo, 118), Elusive Fate (Brian Hernandez Jr., 118), Ciao Bella Luna (Santana Jr., 120), My Option (Eduardo Perez, 118), Irish Lute (Shaun Bridgmohan, 118), Primed for Passion (Mario Pino, 118), Finding More (David Flores, 118) and Eden Prairie (Robby Albarado, 118). Also-eligibles: Fully Living (Corey Lanerie, 118) and Madame Cactus (Joe Talamo, 118).