OffTrackBetting.com - Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky will play host to the Grade 3 Bewitch Stakes on Friday, April 29. Fillies and mares four years old and upward will be featured when they take to Keeneland's turf track and race 1 1/2 miles around three turns for the winner's share of the $150,000 purse.
A field of 12 older females will give it a go in the Bewitch - race 9 on Keeneland's closing day Friday schedule. Post time is 5:30 PM. Let's take a look into the past performances of all 12 combatants for this Grade 3 stakes - the last stakes race of Keeneland's spring meet.
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Generosidade 4-1 - started her career in Uruguay and France where he posted four wins, two seconds and two third place finishes including a win in Brazilian Group 1 race in May, 2013. She has five North American starts - she failed to place in her first three but has looked better in his last two. Last time out was a second in the Grade 3 San Juan Capistrano Stakes April 10 after a good win at 71-1 odds in the Grade 2 San Luis Rey Stakes - both at Santa Anita. Generosidade seems to be over an unflattering stretch and should be in the mix Friday. Tiago Josue Pereira has the mount from post 11.
Olorda 4-1 - German bred Chad Brown trained filly has nine career starts with three wins and two third place finishes. She was a Group 3 winner in France before shipping but failed to place in her first three starts in North America. Last time out was a statement win however in wire-to-wire fashion in the Grade 3 The Very One Stakes at Gulfstream Park March 5 after an ugly twelfth in the Grade 1 Matriarch Stakes at Del Mar November 29, an OK fourth in the Grade 1 QE II Challenge Cup here October 10 and an eleventh in the Grade 1 Belmont Oaks Invitational in July - her first start in North America. Olorda looks for her second straight graded stakes score Saturday and to prove her win last time out was the rule, not the exception. Julien Leparoux has been scheduled to ride from gate 8.
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Button Down 7-2 - Josie Carroll trained mare has three wins and six seconds in 15 career starts and has three wins and two seconds in her last seven starts overall. Last time out was a disappointing fifth in the Grade 2 Hillsborough Stakes at Tampa Bay March 12 after a career-best win in the Grade 3 Cardinal Handicap at Churchill Downs November 21, another fifth in the Grade 1 EP Taylor Stakes at Woodbine in October and consecutive runner up finishes -in her graded stakes debut - the Grade 2 Canadian Stakes September 13 and the minor Flaming Page Stakes August 15. Before that were two more wins - an Allowance in July and a maiden score in May in her eighth career start. Button Down was good last summer but has failed to place in her last two starts. That said she tries for her second graded stakes score in three starts - from gate 6 with John Velazquez in the saddle.
Songoficeandfire 8-1 - Bill Mott trained mare has been decent in her eight race career - two wins, three seconds and a third place finish. She enters on the heels of consecutive runner-up finishes - the Grade 3 Orchid Stakes last time out April 2 and an Allowance Optional Claiming February 13 - both at Gulfstream. Before that was a fourth in the Grade 3 Long Island Handicap at Aqueduct in November and an Allowance score on this track in October, 2014. Songoficeandfire tries for her first stakes score and has been trending upward ahead of this weekend. Jose Lezcano has been tabbed to ride from post 5.
Al's Gal 8-1 - has 20 career starts for trainer Michael Maker with five wins, five seconds and three third place finishes. She raced in graded stakes company for the first time last time out and finished fourth in the Grade 3 The Very One Stakes at Gulfstream March 5 after an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Gulfstream Park February 3 and consecutive fourth place finishes in similar races. She did finish second in the minor Mrs. Penny Stakes at Parx in September but has been a tad inconsistent since. Javier Castellano will be in the reins from the outside gate 12 Friday looking for Al's Gal's first stakes score.
Personal Diary 10-1 - won the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks in August, 2014 and also had a second in the Grade 3 Regret Stakes in June and a third in the Grade 1 QW II Challenge Cup in October of that year. She hasn't been the same since - an Allowance score last time out here April 13 was her only win since the Del Mar Oaks. Before the win was a fifth in the Grade 3 Red Carpet Handicap at Del Mar in November, a third in an Allowance at Keeneland October 23, a seventh in the Grade 2 Canadian Stakes at Woodbine September 13, a fifth in the Grade 2 John C. Mabee Stakes here in August and consecutive sevenths in graded stakes action this past summer. She has just three wins in 20 career starts to go along with four seconds and four thirds and arrives in sketchy form. Florent Geroux will be in charge of righting the ship from gate 10.
Miss Chatelaine 10-1 - lightly raced Christophe Clement trained filly has three wins in seven career starts - the best of which was her win in the minor Chelsea Flower Stakes at Belmont Park in October, 2014. She has failed to place in four of her last five starts however - a fifth last time out back on October 18 in the Grade 3 Rood and Riddle followed an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Belmont Park, a sixth in the Grade 3 Pucker Up Stakes in August and an eighth in the Grade 1 Belmont Oaks Invitational in July. Miss Chatelaine hasn't been great but will hope to change things around from gate 2 with James Graham aboard.
Annulment 12-1 - Victoria Oliver trained mare has four wins, three seconds and five third place finishes in 21 career starts. Last time out was a sixth in the Grade 3 Cardinal Handicap at Churchill Downs November 21 which followed an Allowance score at Keeneland in October, a third in the minor Glen Hill Farms On Dreamer Stakes in September, a second in the minor West Virginia Senate President's Cup in October and a third in the minor Indiana General Assembly Distaff in July. She chases her first stakes score Friday having placed in five of her last six starts and hopes to place in graded stakes company for the first time in seven tries from gate 4. Gary Stevens gets the call.
Return to Grace 12-1 - Mark Casse trained filly has two wins, two seconds and a third place finish in eight career starts but has failed to place in her last two starts - an eighth last time out in the Grade 2 Mrs. Revere Stakes at Churchill Downs November 14 followed a fifth in the Grade 2 QE II Challenge Cup at Keeneland in October. Before that was her first stakes score - the minor Dueling Grounds Oaks at Kentucky Downs September 19, a good second in the Grade 3 Pucker Up Stakes at Arlington August 15 and a third in the Grade 3 Regret Stakes at Churchill Downs in June. Return to Grace was competitive last summer and will be out to bounce back from a pair of unflattering efforts - with Joe Rocco in the reins from post 7.
Achnaha 20-1 - Irish bred George Weaver trained mare has just one win in 18 career starts to go along with five seconds and four third place finishes. She looks for her first North American score and first ever stakes win Friday off consecutive third place finishes - the Grade 3 Orchid Stakes last time out April 2 and the minor Savannah June Stakes February 11 - both results at Gulfstream. Before that was a fourth, a second and a third in a trio of Allowance races. Achnaha has placed in four of her last five starts ahead of this weekend - in OK form ahead of this race. Corey Lanerie will be in the irons from post 9.
Street of Gold 20-1 - finished ninth in this race last year but has been OK since. She has a couple of minor stakes wins in the last year - the Marie G. Krantz Memorial Stakes two starts back and the Amelia Island Handicap in May to go along with a third place finish last time out in the minor Daisy Devine Stakes at Fair Grounds February 20 and a runner-up finish in the minor Blushing K.D. Stakes in December. Street of Gold has placed in just one of nine graded stakes tries and now has five wins, four seconds and seven third place finishes in 25 career starts. She has placed in her last three starts overall however and hopes for a major breakthrough Saturday from the rail. Robby Albarado has the mount.
Goodyearforroses 30-1 - lightly raced Irish bred filly has just five career starts with one win - that coming in her debut in Britain in October, 2014. She has failed to place in her next four starts including a fourth in an Allowance at Keeneland April 9, and an eighth in her only other North American start - an Allowance Optional Claiming at Gulfstream Park February 28. Goodyearforroses will be out to change her recent fortunes from post 3 with Paco Lopez guiding her.
2016 Bewitch Stakes Entries & Odds
Race 9 on Keeneland's Friday card with a Post Time of 5:30 PM.
|1||Street of Gold||20-1||Robby Albarado||Eric Reed|
|2||Miss Chatelaine||10-1||James Graham||Christophe Clement|
|3||Goodyearforroses (IRE)||30-1||Paco Lopez||Roger Attfield|
|4||Annulment||12-1||Gary Stevens||Victoria Oliver|
|5||Songoficeandfire||8-1||Jose Lezcano||William Mott|
|6||Button Down (GB)||7-2||John Velazquez||Josie Carroll|
|7||Return to Grace||12-1||Joseph Rocco, Jr.||Mark Casse|
|8||Olorda (GER)||4-1||Julien Leparoux||Chad Brown|
|9||Achnaha (IRE)||20-1||Corey Lanerie||George Weaver|
|10||Personal Diary||10-1||Florent Geroux||Victoria Oliver|
|11||Generosidade (URU)||4-1||Tiago Pereira||Paulo Lobo|
|12||Al's Gal||8-1||Javier Castellano||Michael Maker|