Las Vegas, NV - Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky opens for business this week and will play host to the Grade 1 Darley Alcibiades Stakes on opening day Friday, October 2. Two year old fillies will be featured when they take to Keeneland's dirt track and race 1 1/16 miles searching for the winner's share of the $400,000 purse.
11 juvenile fillies will give it ago in the Darley Alcibiades Stakes - race 9 on Keeneland's opening day Thursday card. Post time is 5:30 PM. Here is a peek into the past performances of all 11 combatants for this intriguing Grade 1 stakes - a "Win and You're In" race for the $2 million 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies here October 31.
Dothraki Queen - has been terrific in her two race career for trainer Kenneth McPeek. Last time out was a great win in her stakes debut- the Grade 2 Pocahontas Stakes at Churchill Downs September 12. That result followed an impressive seven length maiden score in her only other career start - at Ellis Park July 12. She hasn't been touched so far and hopes to keep the roll going from post 9 with Corey Lanerie aboard.
Just Wicked - has two wins and a second place finish in four career starts for trainer Steve Asmussen. Last time out was her only off-the-board finish - a disappointing fourth as 1-2 favorite in the Grade 2 Pocahontas Stakes September 12. Before that was a terrific 1 1/4 length win in the Grade 2 Adirondack Stakes at Saratoga August 15 and a maiden score in her second career start. Just Wicked has been in every race so far in his career and hopes to get back into the winner's circle Friday - from the outside post 11 with Jose Ortiz guiding her.
Gomo - will hit the track for the fourth time for trainer Doug O'Neill having posted a win, a second and two third place finishes so far. She broke maiden three starts back by 5 1/4 lengths at Santa Anita June 25 after a third place finish on that same track in her debut. Last time out she was a respectable third in the minor $100,000 Del Mar Juvenile Fillies Turf September 7 which followed a good second behind Pretty N Cool in the Grade 2 Sorrento Stakes August 12. Gomo has placed in all four career starts - competitive every time out and will leave from the rail with Mario Gutierrez in the irons.
Dream Dance - finished fifth in her debut for trainer Neil Howard but has placed in all three starts since. Last time out was a second after disqualification behind Dothraki Queen in the Grade 2 Pocahontas Stakes at Churchill Downs September 12 after a maiden score at Ellis Park in August and a second in a MSW in July. Dream Dance has been improving every time out and hopes to keep that trend going from post 7 with Brian Joseph Hernandez aboard.
Marquee Miss - Ingrid Mason trained filly will race for just the second time in her career - the first being a nice win in the minor Arlington-Washington Lassie Stakes August 29. She was terrific in her only career start thus far and hopes to make it two in a row from gate 2 with Florent Geroux guiding her.
Decked Out - has five career starts for trainer Kent Desormeaux. She posted a win in her debut and has raced four straight stakes races since. Last time out was a fifth in the Grade 2 Pocahontas Stakes at Churchill Downs September 12 which followed a fourth in the Grade 2 Adirondack Stakes August 15, a third in the Grade 3 Schuylerville Stakes July 4 and a second in the minor Astoria Stakes in June. Decked out certainly has the experience but has yet to record a stakes win. Kent Desormeaux has been tabbed with changing all of that from gate 4.
Princess Kennedy - had four starts at Emerald Downs to start her career with a win in the minor Barbara Shinpock Stakes August 15 and a second in the minor Angie C. Stakes in July being the best results. Last time out was a somewhat disappointing sixth in the Grade 2 Pocahontas Stakes in her only start outside of Washington State. Joe Johnson has been tabbed to ride Friday hoping for a strong bounce back for Princess Kennedy.
Put Da Blame On Me - has three career starts for trainer Dale Romans with just one win - that coming two starts back at Indiana Grand August 5. She raced in stakes company for the first time last time out and looked a tad overmatched finishing seventh in the Grade 2 Pocahontas Stakes at Churchill Downs September 12. Put Da Blame On Me hopes for a first stakes win Friday and for a strong bounce back effort when she departs from post 3 with Robby Albarado in the saddle.
Lookout Sister - Graham Motion trained filly won the minor Small Wonder Stakes last time out at Delaware Park September 12 which followed a fifth in her stakes debut - the Grade 2 Adirondack Stakes in August and a maiden score at first asking July 18. Lookout Sister looked great last time out and hopes to build on the momentum gained from gate 8. The legendary John Velazquez has the mount.
Ma Can Do It - will race for the third time Friday for trainer Dale Romans having recorded runner-up finishes in two MSW races this past summer - the last coming September 16 at Kentucky Downs. Ma Can Do It hopes for a first career win Friday when she leaves from post 5. Paco Lopez rides.
Little Cherie - Michael Maker trained filly enters off an Allowance score at Indiana Grand September 17 which followed a fourth in her stakes debut - the minor Mountaineer Juvenile Fillies Stakes August 1 and a win at first asking in April. Luis Saez will be in charge Friday when Little Cherie leaves from gate 6.