OffTrackBetting.com - The Grade 3 Appalachian Stakes Presented by Japan Racing Association takes place this Thursday, April 14 from Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky. Three year old fillies will be featured when they take to Keeneland's turf track and race on mile for the winner's share of the $125,000 purse.
A field of 11 have been confirmed for the Appalachian Stakes - race 8 on Keeneland's Thursday schedule. Post time is 4:57 PM. Here is a look into the past performances of all 11 combatants for this mid-week Grade 3 stakes.
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Catch a Glimpse 6-5 - newly named Canadian Sovereign Award winner for 2015 Horse of the Year, Champion Grass Mare and Champion 2 Year Old Filly has four wins in five career starts for trainer Mark Casse and enters on the heels of a terrific four race win streak - the Grade 3 Herecomesthebride Stakes at Gulfstream February 27, on the biggest stage - the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, by five lengths in the Grade 2 Natalma Stakes at Woodbine September 12, and an Allowance score in August on that same track. Catch a Glimpse has been on fire and will be after her fourth straight graded stakes score Thursday. Florent Geroux will be in the irons of the overwhelming favorite again from gate 8.
Dothraki Queen 4-1 - Kenneth McPeek trained filly has placed in all five career starts - two wins, a second and two third place finishes. She won the Grade 2 Pocahontas Stakes at Churchill Downs in September and went on to a couple of good results on this track - a second in the Grade 1 Darley Alcibiades Stakes in October and a third in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. Last time out was another decent result - a third in the Grade 2 Golden Rod Stakes at Churchill Downs November 28. Dothraki Queen has been competitive every time out but looks for her first win in seven months Thursday from post 3. Corey Lanerie gets the call on the morning line co-second choice.
Ava's Kitten 4-1 - Chad Brown trained filly has two wins and a third place finish in five career starts. She arrives on the heels of a disappointing fifth place finish as favorite in her graded stakes debut - the Grade 3 Florida Oaks at Tampa Bay March 12. It followed consecutive wins including the minor Chelsea Flower Stakes at Belmont Park October 31 and a maiden score on that track October 10. Ava's Kitten tries for her first graded stakes score and her second stakes win Thursday from post 5. Javier Castellano will be in the reins of the co-second choice.
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Baciami Piccola 10-1 - British bred Brian Lynch trained filly has two wins, a second and a third place finish in four career starts. Last time out was a statement win at 14-1 odds in her graded stakes debut - the Grade 3 Florida Oaks at Tampa Bay March 12 after a second in a stakes in Italy in July and a third ion the Premio Vittorio Crespi in Italy in June. Baciami Piccola has been impressive so far and aims for her second straight graded stakes score from the outside post 11 Thursday. Julien Leparoux will be in the saddle of this most intriguing 10-1 shot.
Spinamiss 10-1 - Irish bred Todd Pletcher trained filly has five career starts with two wins and two second place finishes. Last time out was a respectable runner-up finish in her stakes debut - the Grade 3 Sweetest Chant Stakes at Gulfstream January 30. Before that was an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Tampa Bay in December and a fourth in a race in July in Europe. She has looked good in her two North American starts and hopes to keep the roll going from the rail Thursday. John Velazquez has the mount.
Auntie Joy 15-1 - Brendan Walsh trained filly will race for just the fourth time Thursday having posted two wins so far. Last time out was an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Gulfstream March 23 after a tenth in her only stakes action - the minor Ginger Brew Stakes on that track January 2 and a win at first asking November 11. Auntie Joy steps into graded stakes company for the first time in so-so form and will have Brian Joseph Hernandez guiding her from gate 10.
Outsider Art 20-1 - will race for the fourth time for trainer Jonathan Sheppard having recorded two wins and a third place finish so far. Last time out was an OK third in her stakes debut - the Grade 3 Jessamine Stakes on this track October 7 after an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Kentucky Downs in September and a maiden score at first asking in August. Outsider Art has been in every race so far and hopes for her first stakes win from gate 2. Drayden Van Dyke will be in the saddle.
Recognition 20-1 - has two wins, a second and a third place finish in six career starts for trainer James DiVito. She makes her graded stakes debut off a fourth in the minor Ginger Brew Stakes at Gulfstream January 2, a second in the minor Wait a While Stakes at Gulfstream Park West in November and two straight wins including an Allowance Optional Claiming at Hawthorne in October. Recognition chases her first stakes win Thursday and enters in decent form. Robby Albarado has been tabbed to ride from gate 4.
Miss Katie Mae 20-1 - Irish bred Graham Motion trained filly has a win, a second and a third place finish in seven career starts - all of which came in Europe. She has just one North American start - a fourth in an Allowance on this track April 10. Miss Katie Mae has placed in just one of her last three starts overall but hopes to make a major statement Thursday. James Graham rides from gate 6.
Princess Princess 20-1 - has a win, a second and two third place finishes in six career starts for trainer Ben Colebrook. She enters off a fourth place finish in her only stakes action to date - the Grade 3 Florida Oaks which followed a third and a second respectively in a pair of Allowance Optional Claiming races to start her year and a maiden score in October on this track in her third career start. Princess Princess has been decent so far but will need a special effort Thursday from post 7 with Luis Saez aboard.
Felt in Pocket 30-1 - Eoin Harty trained filly has two wins, a second and a third place finish in six career starts. She makes her stakes debut Saturday off an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Tampa Bay March 18, a second in a similar race on that same track February 17 and a fifth to start her year in an Allowance Optional Claiming also at Tampa Bay in January. She has been trending upward lately and hopes for a major breakthrough Thursday from post 9. Flavien Prat has been scheduled to ride.
2016 Appalachian Stakes Entries & Odds
Race 8 on Keeneland's Thursday card with a Post Time of 4:57 PM.
|1||Spinamiss (IRE)||10-1||John Velazquez||Todd Pletcher|
|2||Outsider Art||20-1||Drayden Van Dyke||Jonathan Sheppard|
|3||Dothraki Queen||4-1||Corey Lanerie||Kenneth McPeek|
|4||Recognition||20-1||Robby Albarado||James DiVito|
|5||Ava's Kitten||4-1||Javier Castellano||Chad Brown|
|6||Miss Katie Mae (IRE)||20-1||James Graham||H. Motion|
|7||Princess Princess||20-1||Luis Saez||Ben Colebrook|
|8||Catch a Glimpse||6-5||Florent Geroux||Mark Casse|
|9||Felt in Pocket||30-1||Flavien Prat||Eoin Harty|
|10||Auntie Joy||15-1||Brian Hernandez, Jr.||Brendan Walsh|
|11||Baciami Piccola (GB)||10-1||Julien Leparoux||Brian Lynch|