LEXINGTON, KY (April 25, 2017) – Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Daring Duchess is the 120-pound highweight in the field of six fillies and mares entered Tuesday for Friday’s 56th running of the $150,000 Bewitch (G3) on closing day of Keeneland’s 2017 Spring Meet.
The Bewitch, run at 1½ miles on the turf, will go as the ninth race Friday with a 5:30 p.m. ET post time. First post for the 10-race program is 1:05 p.m.
Daring Duchess, a 5-year-old daughter of Arch, is trained by Mike Maker and will be ridden by Julien Leparoux, who rode Olorda (GER) to win the Bewitch last year. Daring Duchess finished fifth in the Rood & Riddle Dowager (G3) at Keeneland in October.
Trainer Graham Motion, who entered Team Valor International and Green Lantern Stables’ Arles (FR) in the Bewitch, is bidding for his fifth victory in the stakes. Motion has won four of the past five runnings of the Bewitch, winning with Kitten’s Point (2015), Inimitable Romanee (2014) and Strathnaver (GB) (2013) as well as Bursting Forth (1999).
Arles, who will be ridden by Joel Rosario, is coming off four consecutive runner-up finishes with the past three in Grade 3 races. In her lone start of 2017, she was second in the La Prevoyante (G3) on Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park.
Roger Attfield, who trains Charles Fipke’s Dyna’s Recoleta, has three wins in the Bewitch, including the 2010 running with Fipke’s Lady Shakespeare. Attfield also won with Noble Stella (GER) (2006) and Sweetest Thing (2002).
The field for the Bewitch, with riders and weights, from the inside is: Inchargeofme (GB) (Edgar Prado, 118 pounds), Daring Duchess (Leparoux), Dyna’s Recoleta (Jose Lezcano, 118 pounds), Earring (Florent Geroux, 118 pounds), Quiet Business (Brian Hernandez Jr., 118 pounds) and Arles (FR) (Rosario, 118 pounds).