Keeneland Offers Juvenile Fillies Turf Bid
Keeneland kicks off the "Win and You're In" action with Thursday's grade III, $150,000 JP Morgan Chase Jessamine Stakes, which will offer a guaranteed berth into the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. Run at 1 1/16 miles, the Jessamine is led by Caroline Forgason's SOMALI LEMONADE, who looked sensational winning her career debut at Belmont September 11 for trainer Michael Matz. The 2-year-old daughter of Lemon Drop Kid closed from last to win going away and could go favored.
Gillian Campbell and trainer Michael Pino's SLIP ALONG BAND is perfect in two career starts, including Monmouth Park's Junior Champion September 4. The daughter of Bowman's Band brings two-turn speed and experience to the Jessamine.
Robert Zoellner's SOONERETTE won the Happy Ticket at Louisiana Downs in her last start September for trainer Donnie Von Hemel. The daughter of Master Command is 2-for-4 lifetime but has never lost in two turf starts.
Under the "Win and You're In" format, the first-place finishers in a record 68 designated Breeders' Cup Challenge Races will earn starting positions into a corresponding of the 15-race, $26 million Breeders' Cup World Championships on November 4-5 at Churchill Downs. If the Breeders' Cup Challenge winner is nominated to the Breeders' Cup program by Oct. 24, Breeders' Cup will pay the entry fees to start in the designated race and provide `a North American based stable a $10,000 travel allowance and an overseas stable a $20,000 travel allowance.
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