Three graded or group stakes winners from the barn of trainer Chad Brown and John Oxley's La Coronel, a three-time graded stakes winner at Keeneland in as many starts, headline a field of 11 fillies and mares entered Wednesday for Saturday's 30th running of the $350,000 Coolmore Jenny Wiley (G1).
The Coolmore Jenny Wiley, run at 1 1/16 miles on the turf, will go as the 10th race on Saturday's 11-race program with a 6:12 p.m. ET post time. First post time Saturday is 1:05 p.m.
2018 Jenny Wiley Stakes Odds & Entries
Race 10 on Keeneland's Saturday card with a Post Time of 6:12 PM
|1||Cambodia||6-1||Julien Leparoux||Thomas Proctor|
|2||Lovely Bernadette||30-1||Robby Albarado||James DiVito|
|3||Off Limits (IRE)||5-1||Joel Rosario||Chad Brown|
|4||Dona Bruja (ARG)||4-1||Jose Ortiz||Ignacio Correas, IV|
|5||Kitten's Roar||12-1||Kendrick Carmouche||Michael Maker|
|6||Bletchley (GB)||30-1||Brian Hernandez, Jr.||Mark Casse|
|7||Sistercharlie (IRE)||7-2||John Velazquez||Chad Brown|
|8||La Coronel||9-2||Jose Lezcano||Mark Casse|
|9||Ultra Brat||30-1||Nik Juarez||H. Motion|
|10||Proctor's Ledge||12-1||Feargal Lynch||Brendan Walsh|
|11||Fourstar Crook||5-1||Javier Castellano||Chad Brown|
Brown, who won the Jenny Wiley in 2015 with Ball Dancing, will send out Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stables and Gary Aisquith's Fourstar Crook, Martin Schwartz's Off Limits (IRE) and Peter Brant's Sistercharlie (IRE).
Fourstar Crook comes into Saturday's race off a victory in the Hillsborough (G2) at Tampa Bay Downs March 10 in which she defeated La Coronel. Javier Castellano has the mount and will break from post position 11.
Off Limits won the Matriarch (G1) at Del Mar to close her 2017 campaign and opened 2018 with a fifth-place finish as the favorite in the Hillsborough when she was beaten by only 1½ lengths. Joel Rosario has the mount on Off Limits and will break from post position three.
Sistercharlie, a Group 3 winner last year in France, finished second in the Belmont Oaks Invitational (G1) in July in her most recent start that also serves as her lone U.S. race. John Velazquez has the mount on Sistercharlie and will break from post position seven.
La Coronel, trained by Mark Casse, won the JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G3) as a 2-year-old here in 2016 and last year won the Appalachian (G3) Presented by Japan Racing Association and the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane's End (G1).
In 2018, she finished second to Jenny Wiley rival Dona Bruja (ARG) in the Endeavor (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs and was third in the Hillsborough. Jose Lezcano has the mount Saturday and will break from post position eight.
Other graded or group stakes winners in the field include James Miller's Lovely Bernadette, Winter Quarter Farm's Cambodia, Patricia Moseley's Proctor's Ledge, Dom Felipe's Dona Bruja, Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Kitten's Roar and Alex Campbell Jr.'s Ultra Brat. Lovely Bernadette won Keeneland's Pin Oak Valley View (G3) in October.
Dona Bruja (ARG) Ready For Coolmore Jenny Wiley
Trainer Ignacio Correas IV respects the 10 other accomplished horses in Saturday's $350,000 Coolmore Jenny Wiley (G1) but is primarily focused on how his own starter, Dom Felipe's multiple graded stakes winner Dona Bruja (ARG), is training up to the race.
"We respect everybody but we are not scared of anyone," Correas said. "It's a Grade 1 at Keeneland."
After running fourth in the 2017 First Lady (G1) at Keeneland during the Fall Meet, Dona Bruja did not race again until Feb. 10 at Tampa Bay Downs in the Lambholm South Endeavour (G3). She won the race, finishing four lengths ahead of another Coolmore Jenny Wiley entrant, John Oxley's La Coronel.
"We expected her to run a big race and she did," Correas said about Dona Bruja.
The 6-year-old Dona Bruja was a Group 1 winner in her native Argentina before coming to the U.S. nearly a year ago and winning the Old Forester Mint Julep (G3) at Churchill Downs. She next won the Modesty (G3) and finished second by a half-length in the Beverly D. (G1) at Arlington.
"She was good last year," Correas said. "She was unfortunate to lose those two races (Beverly D. and First Lady), but it's turf racing. You make a mistake, you pay for it. Hopefully we don't have mistakes (in the Coolmore Jenny Wiley) and we do good."
Correas said Dona Bruja has been training "lights out." Since the Endeavour (G3), she has three works over Keeneland's main track.
"Running in a Grade 1 at Keeneland: It can't get better than that and you can't be more excited than that," he said. "We have our horse the way we want, and that's all we can do."
About the Jenny Wiley (G1)
FOR FILLIES AND MARES, FOUR YEARS OLD AND UPWARDBy subscription of $150 each, which should accompany the nomination or by Supplementary Nomination of $10,500 at time of entry (includes entry and starting fees). $1,750 to enter and an additional $1,750 start, with $350,000 guaranteed, of which $210,000 to the owner of the winner, $70,000 to second, $35,000 to third, $17,500 to fourth, $10,500 to fifth and $7,000 to be divided equally among sixth through last.
Weight: 123 lbs. Non-winners of a Grade I stakes at a mile or over on the turf since November 3, allowed 3 lbs.; a Grade I stakes or Grade II stakes at a mile or over on the turf since September 1, 5 lbs.
The maximum number of starters for the Coolmore Jenny Wiley will be limited to fourteen with two also eligibles. In the event that more than fourteen fillies or mares pass the entry box, the fourteen starters will be determined at that time with preference given to graded stakes winners on the turf (in order I-II-III), then highest turf earnings in 2017-2018.
Starters to be named through the entry box by the usual time of closing. Keeneland will present a trophy cup to the winning owner. A silver julep cup will be presented to the winning trainer and jockey.