Las Vegas, NV - The Grade 2 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes is scheduled for Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky this Saturday, October 4. Fillies and mares three years old and upward will take to Keeneland's main track and dash six furlongs looking for the winner's portion of the $200,000 purse and an automatic berth into the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint.
A field of eight older females will take to the track in the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes - race 6 on Keeneland's Saturday schedule. Post time is 4:00 PM. Here is a peek into the past performances of all eight entries for this Grade 2 stakes.
Stonetastic - has seven career starts for trainer Kelly Breen with three wins, a second and a third place finish. She enters on a nice two race win streak - by an impressive 8 1/2 lengths in wire-to-wire fashion in the Grade 2 Prioress Stakes at Saratoga August 30 and an Allowance Optional Claiming by 6 3/4 lengths in July. They followed a pair of thirds - the minor Ginger Brew Stakes in January and the Grade 2 Golden Rod Stakes at Churchill Downs in November. Stonetastic has been competitive in every career start and should be again Saturday after posting a field-best 105 Beyer Speed Figure last time out. Paco Lopez gets the call from post 5.
R Free Roll - four time stakes winner enters this week on a terrific three race win streak - the last being the Grade 2 Honorable Miss Handicap by 1 1/2 lengths in front running style at Saratoga July 28 and the others being minor stakes action - the U Can Do It Handicap in May and the Hollywood Beach Stakes in April. She has even wins, five seconds and two third place finishes in 17 career starts and has placed in her last five start overall. R Free Roll looks to keep the roll going from post 3 with Mike Smith aboard.
Leigh Court - 2013 Sovereign Award winner as Canada's Champion 3 Year Old Filly was terrific last year winning three straight races in the summer including the Grade 3 Ontario Colleen Stakes at Woodbine in August. She ended her 2013 campaign with a somewhat disappointing fourth in the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup and was forced out of action for over 10 months. Leigh Court made a successful return to the track August 24 and won the Grade 3 Seaway Stakes by 2 1/2 lengths at Woodbine in her only start of 2014. Leigh Court has won four of her last five starts overall and hopes to keep the roll going in only her second start this year. Gary Boulanger rides from post 2.
Southern Honey - George Arnold trained filly has seven career starts with three wins, a second and a third place finish. She enters off a third in the Grade 2 Prioress Stakes at Saratoga August 30 which followed an ugly ninth in the Grade 1 Test Stakes and a nice three race win streak including her stakes debut - the Grade 3 Winning Colors Stakes at Churchill Downs May 26. Before that was an Allowance Optional Claiming score in May and a maiden victory in April. Southern Honey looks to get back in the win column with Julien Leparoux in the saddle from post 6.
Northern Passion - four time stakes winner has 18 career starts for trainer Mark Casse with five wins, two seconds and two third place finishes. She enters off a disappointing sixth in the Grade 2 Presque Isle Downs Masters September 8 which followed a fourth in the Grade 3 Seaway Stakes August 24, an OK third in the Grade 3 Ontario Matron Stakes July 26 and a nice win in the minor Sweet Briar Stakes July 1. Northern Passion won the Grade 3 Natalma Stakes in September, 2011 and has since recorded three minor stakes scores but has been inconsistent to say the least. Patrick Husbands gets the call from gate 4 as Northern Passion looks to place in her first race in her last three starts.
Speedinthruthecity - Steve Asmussen pupil has three wins and a third place finish in six starts this year - six wins, two seconds and three thirds in 16 career starts. She is coming off an OK third in the minor Smart and Fancy Stakes at Saratoga August 25 after a fourth in the Grade 2 Honorable Miss Handicap July 28 and a good win in the minor Roxelana Stakes in June. Before that was a fifth in the Grade 1 Humana Distaff and another minor stakes score - the Carousel Stakes in April. Speedinthruthecity looks for her first graded stakes score Saturday and enters in OK form. Rosie Napravnik has the mount from post 7.
Anahauc - has 20 career starts for trainer Bernard Flint with four wins, eight seconds and three third place finishes. She has just two graded stakes starts - a seventh in the 2013 Fathead Bourbonette Stakes and a ninth in the Grade 3 Winning Colors Stakes in May of this year. She is coming off a third in the minor River Cities Stakes at Louisiana Downs September 6, a fourth in the minor West Virginia Secretary of State Stakes August 2 and an OK second in the minor Roxelana Stakes in June. Anahauc also had two Allowance Optional Claiming scores earlier this year. She enters having placed in 10 of her last 12 starts and will have Calvin Borel in the saddle from the inside post.
Janis's Joy - has 15 career starts with four wins, four seconds and two third place finishes. She makes her graded stakes debut Saturday off a third in the minor Open Mind Stakes September 13, a second in the minor Hoist Her Flag Stakes August 8 and an Allowance Optional Claiming score in June - all three results at Canterbury Park. Janis's Joy makes a huge step up in competition Saturday from the outside post with Leonardo Goncalves aboard.
Race 6 on Keeneland Race Course's Saturday card with a Post Time of 4:00 PM.
||R Free Roll
||G. Arnold, II