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Las Vegas, NV - The Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf is on tap for this Saturday, October 31 from a very busy Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky. Fillies and mares three years old and upward will be featured when they take to Keeneland's turf track and race 1 1/16 miles for the winner's share of the $2 million purse.
A strong worldwide field of 12 plus two Also Eligibles will give it a go in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf - race 6 on Keeneland's packed Saturday schedule. Post time is 2:10 PM. Let's take a peek into the past performances of all 14 possible entries for this lucrative Grade 1 Breeders' Cup stakes.
Legatissimo 8-5 - Irish bred David Wachman trained filly has placed in eight of 10 career starts with five wins over that span. She has finished no worse than second in her last six starts overall with four wins - two straight stakes wins at home ahead of this race including the Group 1 Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes in Ireland and the Group 1 Nassau Stakes in England. She also won the May 3 Group 1 QIPCO 1000 Guineas in England. Legatissimo makes her North American debut this week looking like the one to catch. Ryan Moore has been tabbed to ride the morning line favorite from post 3.
Miss France 6-1 - Irish bred Andre Fabre trained filly makes her North American debut Saturday having posted four straight runner up finishes including the Group 2 Qatar Prix Daniel Wildenstein October 3 in France and the Group 1 Prix Rothschild August 3 also in France. Her last win came in May, 2014 - a stakes win at Newmarket. She now has three wins and four seconds in 10 career starts and looks decent ahead of this weekend. Miss France looks to break a case of "second-itis" Saturday and could do that with Lanfrance Dettori aboard from post 9.
Dacita 8-1 - Chilean champion, Chad Brown trained filly has nine career starts at home with six wins, a second and a third place finish and won three of her last four starts before shipping including three Group 1 races. She continued her impressive run last time out in her North American debut with a win in the Grade 2 Ballston Spa Stakes at Saratoga August 29. Dacita has been impressive indeed and has shown good form against top company. She looks for a third straight win Saturday when she leaves from gate 8 with Javier Castellano in the reins.
Secret Gesture 8-1 - British bred mare finished fifth in this race last year and has just three starts since - a Group 2 win at York in May, a fourth at Curragh in June and an OK third last time out after getting DQ'd from first in the Grade 1 Beverly D Stakes at Arlington August 15. She has placed in six of her last eight starts overall and looks decent ahead of this weekend. Florent Geroux gets the call from the outside post 12.
Hard Not to Like 10-1 - Christophe Clement trained mare had been very good in 2015 before an eighth last time out in the Grade 1 Rodeo Drive Stakes at Santa Anita September 26. Before that was a win, a second and a third place finish in three starts - a win in the Grade 1 Gamely Stakes at Santa Anita May 25 followed a third in the Grade 1 Jenny Wiley Stakes in April and a second after getting DQ'd from first in the Grade 3 Endeavour Stakes in January. Hard Not to Like ended her 2014 campaign way back in April with a win in the Grade 1 Jenny Wiley and also had an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Gulfstream in February, 2014. She has raced only six times in the last 18 months but has three wins, a second and a third place finish over that span. John Velazquez will be in the irons looking for a career defining win and a strong bounce back - from the rail.
Photo Call 12-1 - Irish bred Graham Motion trained filly has four wins, two seconds and four third place finishes in 13 career starts and enters on a nice two race win streak - the Grade 1 Rodeo Drive Stakes at Santa Anita September 26 and the Grade 3 Violet Stakes at Monmouth Park August 29. Before that was a third in the minor Perfect Sting Stakes at Belmont Park in July and a tenth in the Grade 1 Just a Game Stakes in June. Photo Call enters in career best form and will depart from post 5 with Drayden Van Dyke in the saddle.
Queen's Jewel 12-1 - lightly raced British bred filly makes her North American debut Saturday having failed to show up in her last two starts in France - a ninth in the Group 1 Prix de l'Opera Longines October 4 and an eleventh in the Group 1 Prix de l'Opera Longines June 14. Before that was a great win in the Group 1 Pour Moi Coolmore Prix Saint-Alary at Longchamp in May and a win in the Group 3 Prix Penelope at Saint Cloud in April - so we know she can run. Queen's Jewel looks to snap an ugly skid Saturday when she departs from gate 6 with Maxime Guyon guiding her.
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Bawina 15-1 - Irish bred filly has placed in seven of 13 career starts hand has two Group 3 victories (the Prix de Lieurey at Deauville in August 2014 and the Prix de Lieurey May 1) to her credit. She enters off a somewhat disappointing sixth in a stakes at Newmarket October 3 but has a second in the Group 1 Darley Prix Jean Romanet and a third in the Group 1 Prix Rothschild before that in August. She has been competitive at times and will be after a bounce back after an uncharacteristic effort last time out. Olivier Peslier has been tabbed to ride from gate 10.
Stephanie's Kitten 15-1 - defending runner up of this race had a very productive Juvenile campaign in which she won or placed in all five starts (three wins and two third place finishes) including the 2011 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. She was a leading Juvenile filly on dirt and turf in 2011 and looked OK in 2012 as well. She had just three starts in 2013 - two graded stakes wins and a third in July in the 2013 Dania Beach Stakes. Stephanie's Kitten had six starts in 2014 and looked very good toward the end - a second in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf followed a win in the 2014 Flower Bowl Stakes and consecutive runner-up finishes - the Grade 1 Beverely D Stakes included. Stephanie's Kitten has just five starts this year - a win last time lout in the Grade 1 Flower Bowl Stakes October 3 followed a second in the Grade 1 Beverly D. Stakes August 15, a fifth in the Grade 1 Diana Stakes in July, a fourth as favorite in the Grade 2 New York Stakes June 5 and a good 1 1/2 length win in the Grade 3 Hillsborough Stakes at Tampa Bay in March. She has three wins and four seconds in her last nine starts and has been trending upward ahead of this weekend. Stephanie's Kitten hopes to make it two straight Grade 1 victories in a row Saturday - from post 11 with Irad Ortiz in the irons.
Sentiero Italia 15-1 - has seven career starts for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin with four wins and a third place finish. Last time out was an OK third in the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup on this track October 10 which followed a win as favorite in the Grade 2 Sands Point Stakes September 12, another win in the Grade 2 Lake Placid Stakes at Saratoga August 14, an OK fourth in the Grade 1 Belmont Oaks Invitational and an Allowance score by two lengths against older horses May 28. She has been in every race in her career and hopes to carry the momentum into this week. Joel Rosario has the mount from gate 2.
Watsdachances 20-1 - finished fourth last time out in the Grade 1 Flower Bowl Stakes October 3 for trainer Chad Brown but recorded two wins and a second place finish in his precious three starts. Two starts back was one of those wins - in the Grade 1 Beverly D. Stakes after the DQ of her stablemate at Arlington August 15. Before that was a second in the Grade 2 Dance Smartly Stakes at Woodbine in July and a win in the Grade 3 Gallorette Handicap at Pimlico in May. Other career highlights include wins in the 2012 Grade 3 Miss Grillo Stakes, a second in the 2012 Breeders' Cup Juvenile and numerous runner-up finishes in graded stakes action the last couple of years. She will be out for her third graded stakes score in her last five starts overall Saturday when she departs from post 7 with Joe Bravo in the irons.
Sharla Rae 30-1 - Doug O'Neill trained filly has 14 career starts with five wins, a second and a third place finish. Last time out was a disappointing fifth in the Grade 1 Rodeo Drive Stakes at Santa Anita September 26 after a terrific win in the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks August 15. She had a seventh in the Grade 1 Belmont Oaks Invitational July 4 after a somewhat disappointing fifth in the Grade 1 American Oaks at Santa Anita May 30, a good second behind Spanish Queen in the Grade 2 Honeymoon Stakes May 3, a respectable third in the Grade 3 Bourbonette Oaks March 21 at Turfway Park and a win in the minor California Stakes at Golden Gate February 7. Sharla Rae has placed in just one of her last four starts overall and looks to be in over her head in this one. Jose Lezcano rides from gate 4.
Elektrum 30-1 - Also Eligible entry John Sadler trainee won the Grade 2 John C Mabee Stakes at Del Mar August 8 and went on to a decent second in the Grade 1 Rodeo Drive Stakes at Santa Anita September 26. She has 16 career starts with four wins, five seconds and two third place finishes and is in career-best form ahead of this weekend.
Talmada 30-1 - Also Eligible Irish bred entry has two wins, four seconds and two third place finishes in 13 career starts and enters off a respectable second in the Grade 1 EP Taylor Stakes at Woodbine October 18 which followed a stakes win at Great Yarmouth.
Race 6 on Keeneland's Saturday card with a Post Time of 2:10 PM.
|1||Hard Not to Like||John Velazquez||Christophe Clement|
|2||Sentiero Italia||Joel Rosario||Kiaran McLaughlin|
|3||Legatissimo (IRE)||Ryan Moore||David Wachman|
|4||Sharla Rae||Jose Lezcano||Doug O'Neill|
|5||Photo Call (IRE)||Drayden Van Dyke||H. Motion|
|6||Queen's Jewel (GB)||Maxime Guyon||Frederic Head|
|7||Watsdachances (IRE)||Joe Bravo||Chad Brown|
|8||Dacita (CHI)||Javier Castellano||Chad Brown|
|9||Miss France (IRE)||Lanfranco Dettori||Andre Fabre|
|10||Bawina (IRE)||Olivier Peslier||Carlos Laffon-Parias|
|11||Stephanie's Kitten||Irad Ortiz, Jr.||Chad Brown|
|12||Secret Gesture (GB)||Florent Geroux||Ralph Beckett|
|13||Elektrum (IRE)||Victor Espinoza||John Sadler|
|14||Talmada||William Buick||Roger Varian|
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