LEXINGTON, KY (April 10, 2013) – A star-studded field that includes seven graded stakes winners, three of them Grade 1 victors, passed the entry box Wednesday morning for Saturday’s 25th running of the $300,000 Jenny Wiley Stakes (G1) for fillies and mares.
The Jenny Wiley is one of three Grade 1 stakes on Saturday’s 12-race program that is highlighted by the 89th running of the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes. The Jenny Wiley will go as the ninth race on the program with a 5:05 p.m. (ET) post time. First post time Saturday is 1:05 p.m.
The other Grade 1 is the 12th running of the $300,000 Madison Stakes for fillies and mares sprinting seven furlongs on the main track. The race attracted a field of 10 headed by Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Holiday for Kitten.
Headlining the Jenny Wiley at 1 1/16 miles on the turf is defending champion Daisy Devine, who will try to join Intercontinental (GB) as the only runner to win the race in consecutive years. Intercontinental won in 2004 and 2005.
Owned by James Miller and trained by Andrew McKeever, Daisy Devine has won seven of nine career races on grass. She also won the 2011 Pin Oak Valley View Stakes (G3). Regular rider James Graham has the mount in the Jenny Wiley on Daisy Devine, who will break from post position eight.
The other Grade 1 winners in the field are Godolphin Racing’s Better Lucky and Martin Schwartz’s Samitar (GB).
Trained by Tom Albertrani, Better Lucky will make her 2013 debut after closing 2012 with a victory in the Matriarch Stakes (G1) at Betfair Hollywood Park. Third in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes (G1) here last fall, Better Lucky will be ridden Saturday by Eddie Castro and break from post position three.
Samitar, who finished a nose behind Better Lucky in the QE II, is a Group 1 winner in Europe and also the winner of last year’s Garden City Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park. Trained by Chad Brown, Samitar will break from post position six and be ridden by Javier Castellano.
The other graded stakes winners in the field are G. Watts Humphrey Jr.’s Centre Court, Hillsbrook Farms’ Hard Not to Like, Stud TNT’s Old Tune (BRZ) and Reddam Racing’s Quiet Oasis (IRE).
The field for the Jenny Wiley, from the inside out, is as follows: Centre Court (Julien Leparoux, 120 pounds), Old Tune (BRZ) (Joel Rosario, 120), Better Lucky (Castro, 123), Ausus (Shaun Bridgmohan, 118), Quiet Oasis (IRE) (Mario Gutierrez, 118), Samitar (GB) (Castellano, 118), Abaco (Garrett Gomez, 118), Daisy Devine (Graham, 120) and Hard Not to Like (Joe Rocco Jr., 120).
In the Madison, which will go as the eighth race with a 3:35 p.m. post time, Holiday for Kitten will seek her third stakes victory at Keeneland.
Trained by Wesley Ward, Holiday for Kitten won the Giant’s Causeway Stakes in April 2011 and came back that fall to win the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (G2). Holiday for Kitten, who will make her 2013 debut, will break from post position three and be ridden by Elvis Trujillo.
Also figuring to attract consideration from patrons is Fawzi Abdulla Nass’ Shumoos.
Trained by Ben Cecil, Shumoos finished second against males in her U.S. debut in the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint at Churchill Downs. Shumoss did not return to the races for more than 14 months, winning a sprint at Santa Anita in January. Third in her most recent start in the Las Flores Stakes (G3) in March, Shumoos will break from post position seven and be ridden by Garrett Gomez.
The field for the Madison, from the rail out, is as follows: Byrama (GB) (Joel Rosario), Queen’s Award (Alan Garcia), Holiday for Kitten (Trujillo), Kune Kune (GB) (Corey Lanerie), Last Full Measure (Corey Nakatani), Jamaican Smoke (Julien Leparoux), Shumoos (Gomez), Drama Drama (Francisco Torres), Dr. Diamonds Prize (Miguel Mena) and Fantasy of Flight (Javier Castellano). All starters will carry 118 pounds.