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Two-Time Keeneland Grade 1 Winner Gina Romantica Tops Nominees to Jenny Wiley

Peter Brant’s Gina Romantica, winner of the 2022 Queen Elizabeth Challenge Cup (G1) Presented by Dixiana and the 2023 First Lady (G1) Presented by UK HealthCare, headlines a roster of 27 fillies and mares nominated to the 36th running of the $600,000 Jenny Wiley (G1) to be contested at 1 1/16 miles over the turf course on Saturday, April 13.

Gina Romantica is trained by Chad Brown, who has saddled six winners of the Jenny Wiley including five of the past six runnings. Brown has nominated seven runners to this year’s race. Following her First Lady victory last year, Gina Romantica took on the boys in the FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) Presented by PDJF and finished fourth, beaten a length by winner Master of The Seas (IRE).

Entries for the Jenny Wiley will be taken Saturday.

Two other stakes will be contested April 13: the 42nd  running of the $400,000 Stonestreet Lexington (G3) for 3-year-olds going 1 1/16 miles on the main track and the 27th running of the $300,000 Giant’s Causeway (G3) for fillies and mares going 5½ furlongs on the grass.

The Stonestreet Lexington is the final race on the Road to the Kentucky Derby and offers 42 points on a 20-10-6-4-2 scale for the first- through fifth-place finishers. The Derby is limited to the top 20 point earners and invitees.

The race attracted 56 nominations, including two horses currently in the top 20 of Derby point earners with three 200-point races scheduled this weekend. They are Lance Gasaway, 4 G Racing and Daniel Hamby III’s Mystik Dan (46 points), third in Saturday’s Arkansas Derby (G1) for trainer Kenny McPeek, and D.J. Stable and Robert Cotran’s Hades (30 points), fifth in Saturday’s Curlin Florida Derby (G1) Presented by Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms at Xalapa for trainer Joe Orseno.

Stonestreet Stables’ Love Reigns (IRE) tops the list of 32 nominees to the Giant’s Causeway. A winner of two of three races, the Wesley Ward trainee captured the FanDuel Limestone (L) here last spring.