LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 11, 2016) – In last year’s JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G3), trainer Joe Sharp watched as Sapphire Kitten was caught at the wire by favored Harmonize.
On Wednesday, Sharp will be hoping for a little more luck when he sends Allan Peterson’s Majestic Gale postward in this year’s renewal of the JPMorgan Chase Jessamine, a “Win and You’re In” challenge race for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) to be run Nov. 4 at Santa Anita.
“Majestic Gale is further along mentally than Sapphire Kitten was last year and more seasoned,” Sharp said. “She (Majestic Gale) has had four starts and last year Sapphire Kitten was making her first start around two turns.”
Majestic Gale is 2-for-2 on the grass with a maiden victory going a mile at Ellis Park and a victory in the one-mile Happy Ticket at Louisiana Downs on Sept. 10.
“She beat a pretty soft field at Louisiana Downs and won easily,” Sharp said. “This is tougher, but we’ve always been real high on her. Hopefully she can take us to California. We will know a lot more after tomorrow.”
Sapphire Kitten was fourth in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf here, beaten only 1¼ lengths by Catch a Glimpse.