Fillies Compete for Final Breeders’ Cup Spot

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By Emily Shields

A whopping 16 juvenile fillies were entered in the final Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In race of the year, the $200,000 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine Stakes (G2) at Keeneland on Wednesday, October 9. Only 14 can run, with two also eligibles on the outside waiting for scratches. The field for the 1 1/16-mile grass race is wide open.

#1 Morning Gold (10-1) goes for Ken McPeek with Brian Hernandez, Jr. up. The daughter of Morning Line broke her maiden on the grass and over the distance at Saratoga in August, then came back to run fifth in the Pocahontas at Churchill Downs on the main track. She has had two works over this course since.

#2 Envied (20-1) broke her maiden first out at Ellis Park for trainer Ben Colebrook. The daughter of American Pharoah was third in the Happy Ticket at Louisiana Downs September 7, but stretches out here today.

#3 Fujairah (15-1) is by Ghostzapper. Carlos David trains the stakes placed filly, who won at Gulfstream Park over 7 ½ furlongs in July, then finished second in the Sharp Susan at the end of August. She gets Julien Leparoux for this.

#4 Indochine (5-1) was an impressive winner of a one-mile Belmont Park maiden for trainer Chad Brown in September. John Velazquez comes in to ride; he was aboard for that maiden win. The $470,000 daughter of War Front is out of a Smart Strike mare.

#5 Jezebel’s Kitten (4-1) is unbeaten in two tries. The Brad Cox-trainee by Kitten’s Joy broke her maiden first out at Ellis Park, then won the Juvenile Fillies at Kentucky Downs by nearly five lengths. Her rider that day, Florent Geroux, stays aboard for this.

#6 Sweet Melania (9-2) has run this distance on the grass twice, once with a maiden win at Saratoga and once when she was nipped in the PF Johnson there. Trainer Todd Pletcher has her primed for this with jockey Jose Ortiz staying aboard. The horse that defeated her that day was second in a grade 2 at Belmont last weekend.

#7 Takeitback (20-1) is a $190,000 daughter of Pioneerof the Nile for trainer Laura Wohlers. Jon Court will ride this filly, who won sprinting at Kentucky Downs in September, then ran seventh in a one-mile allowance at Churchill Downs next out.

#8 Witez (15-1) is a daughter of More Than Ready. She took three tries to break her maiden, but got it done by four lengths over a mile at Kentucky Downs last out. Ian Wilkes trains, Calvin Borel rides.

#9 Diamond Sparkles (6-1) comes in for trainer Mark Casse. This is a daughter of War Front who started her career in England, winning second out, then ran fourth in the grade 1 Natalma at Woodbine last month. She was beaten just over a length that day, and should improve in her second North American run. Tyler Gaffalione rides.

#10 Soothsaying (12-1) is a daughter of Lemon Drop Kid for Bill Mott. She won on debut at Ellis Park September 1 and hasn’t run since. That was over a mile, and the horse she defeated that day came back to win next out.

#11 Swanage (8-1) took four tries to break her maiden, with four different riders. She gets another one today in Javier Castellano for trainer Mike Maker. The daughter of English Channel scored over a mile on September 7, and has improved considerably with each start.

#12 High On Gin (15-1) is unbeaten in two starts. She defeated Envied in the Happy Ticket at Louisiana Downs last out, winning by two lengths. Victor Espinoza picks up the mount here for Chasey Deville.

#13 Eye of a Soldier (20-1) won an off-the-turf maiden event at Monmouth Park last out by fifteen and a quarter lengths. Tim Hills trains the daughter of Soldat, who was second against males on debut in August.

#14 Ask Bailey (12-1) is also trained by Maker. Corey Lanerie rides the filly who has been first, then second twice, in three starts. She is already stakes placed at Kentucky Downs, losing to Jezebel’s Kitten last out.

Lemon Scat and Hollee Peach complete the runners hoping to get in.

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