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Divine Humor Returns to Keeneland for JPMorgan Chase Jessamine

October 11, 2016

LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 11, 2016) – KY Doodles’ Divine Humor will make her turf debut in Wednesday’s JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G3), which marks her return to Keeneland. In April, the 2-year-old daughter of Divine Park was third in her career debut here. In her next start, she was second in a maiden race at Churchill Downs in which eventual Grade 1 winner Pretty City Dancer finished third. Divine Humor is coming off a maiden victory in September at Thistledown.

KY Doodles is Rebecca and Scott Roaden of Cynthiana, Ky., who purchased Divine Humor for $3,000 at Keeneland’s 2015 September Yearling Sale. The filly, who is out of a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Sweet Reason, was among the five horses the couple bought at the sale to mark their entrance in Thoroughbred racing. For several years they have been breeding Thoroughbreds at their farm near Lexington and foaled 10 mares this year.

The Roadens, who also breed Labradoodles and Goldendoodles, intended to race Divine Humor on the turf earlier in her career, but two of her races were rained off the grass.

“She’s bred for the turf,” said Rebecca Roaden, a clinical psychologist who has a degree in animal behavior, about entering Divine Humor in the JPMorgan Chase Jessamine. “It just depends on if she can go the distance, if she has a good trip.”

Divine Humor will make her first start for trainer Larry “Bubba” Harris Jr. and jockey Calvin Borel. Both are from Louisiana, which the Roadens consider a good omen. They love Mardi Gras so much their silks contain Mardi Gras colors of gold, purple and green. With a Labradoodle on front and back.