LEXINGTON, KY (OCT. 6 2017) - Claiborne Farm’s Bendable is back at Keeneland for her second attempt in the $250,000 Thoroughbred Club of America (G2), a race in which she was third last year. The 6-furlong stakes, to be run Saturday, is a “Win and You’re In” event for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) Nov. 4 at Del Mar.
Bendable, who won the Beverly J. Lewis at Los Alamitos before traveling to Keeneland last year, came off a layoff to win the Desert Stormer (G3) at Santa Anita by 1½ lengths on June 18. In her most recent race, the 4-year-old filly by Horse Greeley was third in the Rancho Bernardo (G3) at Del Mar Aug. 13.
“She came back good,” trainer Richard Mandella said. “A little disappointing at Del Mar last time, but she acts good now.”
Bendable, who shipped to Keeneland Wednesday, will face seven other fillies and mares in the Thoroughbred Club of America. She will be ridden by Javier Castellano.
“The difference of the purse, the prestige, and the ‘Win and You’re In,’ ” Mandella said about his reasoning for targeting Keeneland rather than staying on the West Coast. “(Breeders’ Cup) would be great, but first we’ve got work to do. This is the goal right now.”