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Barn Notes: Ten Long-Distance Turf Runners Entered In Closing Day Bewitch

April 23, 2019

Juddmonte Farms’ homebred Gaining (GB) will make her North American debut as the 120-pound highweight in the field of 10 entered Tuesday for Friday’s 58th running of the $150,000 Bewitch (G3) for fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up, going 1½ miles on the turf.

The Bewitch will go as the ninth race on closing day of the Spring Meet with a 5:30 p.m. post time. First post for the 10-race card is 1:05 p.m.

Now trained by Brad Cox, Gaining won the 2018 Prix Fille de l’Air (G3) in France. Florent Geroux will ride the 5-year-old mare, who drew post eight.

The Bewitch will mark the second North American starts for three horses: Phoenix Thoroughbred III’s Sky Full of Stars (GER), a Grade 2 winner in Germany; Sunny Brook Stables’ Flower Party (IRE), a Group 3 winner in Italy; and Manganaro Bloodstock and West Point Thoroughbreds’ Maroubra (FR), a stakes winner in France.

Sky Full of Stars made her North American debut at Woodbine last October, running seventh in the E.P. Taylor (G1). The Bewitch will mark her 2019 debut.

Julien Leparoux will ride Sky Full of Stars, who will start from post position two for trainer Christophe Clement.

In her most recent race, Flower Party was fifth in the New Orleans Ladies Stakes for trainer Mike Stidham.

Adam Beschizza, who won the Bewitch last year aboard Mom’s On Strike, will be aboard Flower Party, who will start from post three.

Maroubra is coming off a fourth-place finish in the Orchid (G3) at Gulfstream on March 29.

Joel Rosario will ride Maroubra, who will start from post seven, for trainer Cherie DeVaux.

The field for the Bewitch, with riders and weights from the rail out, is: Beach Flower (John Velazquez, 118 pounds), Sky Full of Stars (GER) (Leparoux, 118), Flower Party (IRE) (Adam Beschizza, 118), Ickymasho (GB) (Jose Ortiz, 118), Peru (GB)(Luis Saez, 118), Samuna (FR) (Tyler Gaffalione, 118), Maroubra (FR) (Rosario, 118), Gaining (GB) (Geroux, 120),Coachwhip (Tyler Baze, 118) and Dynabee (Corey Lanerie, 118).