Merriebelle Stable's Blue Prize (ARG), winner of last fall's Juddmonte Spinster (G1) at Keeneland Racecourse, will make her return to the races Friday when she goes postward as the favorite in the 25th running of the $100,000 Hilliard Lyons-Baird Doubledogdare Stakes (G3) going 1 1/16 miles on the main track.
The Doubledogdare, one of four stakes on the 10-race program for Friday, will go as the 9th race with 5:30 p.m. ET post time. First post time Friday is 1:05 p.m.
2019 Doubledogdare Stakes Odds & Entries
Race 9 on Keeneland's Friday card with a Post Time of 5:30 PM
|1||Jala Jala (MEX)||6-1||Luis Saez
|2||Blue Prize (ARG)||5-2||Joe Bravo
|Ignacio Correas, IV|
|3||Electric Forest||4-1||Jose Ortiz
|4||Promise of Spring||15-1||Corey Lanerie
|5||Moonlit Garden||12-1||Joel Rosario
|6||La Force (GER)||7-2||Drayden Van Dyke
|7||Go Google Yourself||10-1||Brian Hernandez, Jr.
|8||Golden Award||4-1||Tyler Gaffalione
Trained by Ignacio Correas IV, Blue Prize closed 2018 with a fourth-place finish behind champion Monomoy Girl in the Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1) at Churchill Downs.
"We start Friday and see if we can get back (to the Breeders' Cup). That's the goal," Correas said.
Blue Prize comes into Friday's race with two works here - 5 furlongs in 1:00.80 on April 10 and a half-mile in :47.40 on April 2 - following a steady stream of works beginning in mid-January at Tampa Bay Downs.
"She worked very well at Tampa and there was not one work that I did not like," Correas said of the 6-year-old mare.
Correas spaced Blue Prize's races out last year with a stop in Maryland for the Allaire DuPont Distaff (G3) Preakness Weekend and back to Kentucky for the Fleur de Lis (G2) to complete her spring campaign.
"There might be some variation (to the schedule), but it is more or less the same unless the owners change it," Correas said.
Joe Bravo, who was aboard for the Juddmonte Spinster victory and the Breeders' Cup, retains the mount for Friday.
Jala Jala (MEX) Tries To Make The Grade In Hilliard Lyons-Baird Doubledogdare
St. George Stable's Jala Jala (MEX), a star at Mexico City's Hipodromo de las Americas, where she has 11 wins, four seconds and four thirds in 21 starts, will shoot for her first graded stakes victory in the U.S. on Friday when she goes postward in the 25th running of the $100,000 Hilliard Lyons-Baird Doubledogdare (G3) going 1 1/16 miles.
"She has run some good races in the (Confraternity) Caribbean Cup (at Gulfstream Park), and we decided to try (other stakes at) Gulfstream," said trainer Fausto Gutierrez after Jala Jala returned to the Keeneland stakes barn following a Wednesday morning gallop on the main track. "She flew up (to Gulfstream) with Kukulkan (MEX) for the Pegasus World Cup (G1)."
Named Mexico's Horse of the Year for 2017, Jala Jala dominated horses from the Caribbean by winning Caribbean Cup races at Gulfstream by nine lengths in December 2017 and by 4-1/2 lengths last December.
The 5-year-old daughter of the Grade 3-winning Point Given stallion Point Determined remained at Gulfstream, where she was second in the 1-mile Royal Delta (G3) and fifth in the 7-furlong Inside Information (G2).
"She ran a good race in the Royal Delta, and her race in the Inside Information was creditable," Gutierrez said. "I looked at this race for the past few years and looked at the past performances (for this year) and the race did not look that tough. We'll see."
Luis Saez will have the mount Friday on Jala Jala, who worked a half-mile at Palm Meadows Training Center in South Florida last Friday before shipping here Tuesday.
Jala Jala will represent the second Keeneland starter for Gutierrez.
"I am came here in 2017 with a claimer," Gutierrez said of Grosco (MEX), who finished fifth in a $10,000 claiming race. "I have come here to buy yearlings for several years and to race here is a dream."