The $300,000, GI Jenny Wiley Stakes, at 1 1/16 mile, for the older gals over the Keeneland turf course is just 1 of 3 big GI races on a busy Keeneland Saturday card this weekend as this race kicks off this spring’s big time turfing season for the older gals!
A big field 10 2-turn ladies will tip-toe to the line here on Saturday including defend champion Centre Court .
Stephanie’s Kitten , at 5/2, is a multiple GI winner but has been out of racing since finishing 3rd in the GI Diana Stakes at Saratoga last summer. First out off the long layoff here but if she is right again that look for that big late move of hers!
Centre Court , at 3/1, is the defending champion and has multiple graded wins on her resume including a last out win in the GII Honey Fox at G/P besting Kitten’s Point, by a nose. She’s been sitting a bit further off the early pace more than usual of late but can still really bring it when called on!
Kitten’s Point , at 5/1, 2nd by that same nose in the GII Honey Fox at G/P last out, does have a GIII title to her name and 2 back she won a 1 mile G/P alw turfer in a sharp 1:34 flat! No real early speed here either!
Discreet Marq , at 6/1, has multiple graded stakes and stakes wins or places all across her turfing resume. She came a very good 2nd by a nose to the now retired Egg Drop in the GI Matriarch at the now defunk BHP last Dec. Likes it up front early and is a likely pacesetter here.
Fitful Skies , at 8/1, 2nd in the big $1 million GI E.P. Talyor Stakes at Woodbine last fall after coming from across the pond for her first N/A start! Closes very well like most good euro’s do!
Abaco , at 10/1, is a noted top lady turfer but seems to do most of her best racing at the GIII or Stakes level, picking up mostly minor awards along the way. No early speed here either as she seems to be more of a picking up the pieces type!
Emotional Kitten , at 10/1, won the GII Mrs Revere Stakes 2 back and was 2nd by a closing 1 1/2 length to Stormy Lucy in the GII Santa Anita Stakes at S/A last out. She’s the 3rd of 3 Kittens Joy’s in this race and has been closing well in her most recent outings! Might be a good add to a super at 10/1 here and is a good value pick here.
Hard Not to Like , at 15/1, owns a GIII title on her resume too and was 2nd in the GI Ashland here back in 2012. An honest graded ladies turf horse picking up minor awards from time to time to earn her keep but lack a big kick finish to compete in big time graded turf company. Again, more of a picking up the pieces type then anything else!
Class Included , at 15/1, winner of 3 of her last 4 races including a last out win in the Bayou Hcp at the F/G most recently and was a good 3rd in that $400k Houston Ladies Classic 2 races back for her only defeat in her last 4 starts. She a stalker type but might be outclassed in here!
Cloud Scapes , at 30/1, winner of 3 in a row including both Tampa Bay Down’s GIII ladies turfers this year in the GIII Endeavor and GIII Hillsborough Stakes this winter! She might not be in the same class as some in here but with 2 straight GIII wins doesn’t deserve these 30/1 long odds either. Her got some good stalking abilities so a super fill with her isn’t a crazy idea here, especially at such inviting long odds!
Post Time for Race#10 – 5:17 pm EDT
|1.||Kitten’s Point||R Napravnik -chg||118||H G Motion||5/1|
|2.||Stephanie’s Kitten||J R Velazquez||118||C C Brown||5/2|
|3.||Emotional Kitten||V Espinoza||120||W A Ward||10/1|
|4.||Abaco||J Lezcano||118||C R McGaughey III||10/1|
|5.||Class Included||S Bridgmohan||118||R Faucheux||15/1|
|6.||Fitful Skies||J Rocco, Jr.||118||K P McLaughlin||8/1|
|7.||Cloud Scapes||A Garcia||118||H G Motion||30/1|
|8.||Discreet Marq||I Ortiz, Jr.||118||C Clement||6/1|
|9.||Hard Not to Like||J Castellano||118||M R Matz||15/1|
|10.||Centre Court||J R Leparoux||120||G R Arnold, II||3/1|
Picks are – 1,2,8,10 exacta box, with the 3 or 6 at the back of a super play!
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