OffTrackBetting.com - Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky will play host to the G3 Bewitch Stakes on Friday, April 28 - closing day of Keeneland's Spring Meet. Fillies and mares four years old and upward will take to Keeneland's turf track and race 1 1/2 miles searching for the winner's share of the $150,000 purse.
A field of six have been confirmed for the Bewitch Stakes - race 9 on Keeneland's Friday schedule. Post time is 5:30 PM. Here is a look into the past performances of all six combatants for this G3 stakes.
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2017 Bewitch Stakes Entries at Keeneland Race Course
Arles 4-5 - French bred Graham Motion trained filly has placed in 11 of 12 career starts - two wins, seven seconds and six third place finishes. She finished second in a Group 2 race at home in May, 2015 and was competitive in every start there including a minor stakes win at Hannover in June of last year. She has three North American starts and was good in all three to nobody's surprise. In fact she has placed second in four straight races ahead of Friday - the G3 La Prevoyante Handicap at Gulfstream January 28, the G3 Red Carpet Handicap at Del Mar November 24, the G3 Glens Falls Stakes at Saratoga in September and a stakes race in Germany in August. Arles has a win and five seconds in her last six stars overall - competitive every time out. She tries to snap a string of runner-up finishes when she departs from the outside gate 6 with Joel Rosario aboard the obvious morning line favorite.
Earring 7-2 - Tom Proctor trained filly has placed in seven of nine career starts - two wins and five third place finishes. She started her career in Britain where she was decent indeed - a runner-up finish in the Group 2 Kilboy Estate Stakes at Curragh in July being the best result. She has been OK in four North American starts - a fourth last time out in the G3 The Very One Stakes last time out at Gulfstream March 4 followed an Allowance score at Tampa Bay January 21, a second in the G3 Long Island Handicap November 26 at Aqueduct and another second in an Allowance Optional Claiming at Belmont Park in September. Earring has been competitive every time out and hopes for his first ever stakes score Friday. Florent Geroux will be in the saddle of the morning line second choice from gate 4.
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Daring Duchess 4-1 - has 15 career starts for trainer Michael Maker with three wins, a second and two third place finishes. Last time out was an unfortunate seventh in the minor Via Borghese Stakes at Gulfstream December 31. Before that was a fifth in the G3 Rood and Riddle Dowager Stakes on this track October 23, an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Belmont Park October 5 and consecutive thirds at Saratoga - the last being an Allowance Optional Claiming September 1. Her only other stakes start resulted in a thirteenth place finish in the G1 Belmont Oaks Invitational in July, 2015. Darling Duchess has been OK against lesser company and hopes that success translates Friday. Julien Leparoux gets the call on the 120 pound highweight and third betting choice from gate 2.
Inchargeofme 5-1 - lightly raced Shug McGaughey trained filly has placed in five of six career starts - two wins, two seconds and a third place finish. She makes her stakes debut Friday off a fourth in an Allowance here April 14 after an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Gulfstream Park July 11 and a second and a third respectively in another pair of Allowance races to end 2016. Inchargeofme has been OK in her career so far and hopes for a career-defining win from the rail. Edgar Prado has been tabbed to ride.
Dyna's Recoleta 12-1 - has two wins, three seconds and three third place finishes in 17 career starts for trainer Roger Attfield. She enters on the heels of consecutive third place finishes in Allowance Optional Claiming races with the last coming at Tampa Bay January 21. Before that a second and a sixth respectively in another two Allowance Optional Claiming races and a decent second in the minor Flaming Page Stakes at Woodbine in August. Her only other graded stakes result was a seventh in the G2 Nassau Stakes at Woodbine last May. Dyna's Recoleta has placed in three straight races ahead of this weekend and will be after her first stakes score from post 3. Jose Lezcano rides.
Quiet Business 15-1 - has just two wins and a second place finish in 10 career starts for trainer George Arnold. She has been up and down lately - a seventh last time out in an Allowance at Gulfstream followed an Allowance score at Churchill Downs November 18 and an eighth and a fourth respectively in a pair of Allowance races. She finished seventh before that in her only graded stakes action to date - the G3 Regret Stakes at Churchill Downs in June. Quiet Business has failed to place in four of her last five starts overall and will be looking for a career-defining win Friday from post 5. Brian Joseph Hernandez gets the call.
2017 Bewitch Stakes Odds & Entries
Race 9 on Keeneland's Friday card with a Post Time of 5:30 PM.
|1||Inchargeofme (GB)||5-1||Edgar Prado||Claude McGaughey III|
|2||Daring Duchess||4-1||Julien Leparoux||Michael Maker|
|3||Dyna's Recoleta||12-1||Jose Lezcano||Roger Attfield|
|4||Earring||7-2||Florent Geroux||Thomas Proctor|
|5||Quiet Business||15-1||Brian Hernandez, Jr.||George Arnold, II|
|6||Arles (FR)||4-5||Joel Rosario||H. Motion|