By Emily Shields
2019 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) heroine British Idiom will return in the $300,000 Rachel Alexandra Stakes (G2) at the Fair Grounds, a prep race worth points towards the 2020 Kentucky Oaks. She has not raced since winning the Breeders’ Cup and ultimately the award as the Eclipse Champion Two Year Old Filly of 2019.
British Idiom broke her maiden first out at Saratoga sprinting, then stretched all the way to 1 1/16-miles to win the Grade 1 Alcibiades at Keeneland by over six lengths. The daughter of Flashback, who is trained by Brad Cox, was 2-1 going into the Breeders’ Cup, which she won by a neck over the hard-trying Donna Veloce. She hasn’t been taking it too easy since, with seven recorded works to get on track for this. Javier Castellano will be back aboard today.
Her main competition is Finite for trainer Steve Asmussen. The Munnings daughter has won three stakes in a row and goes for her fifth straight win. She took the Silverbulletday here on January 18, and was a Grade 2 winner at Churchill Downs in November. She is also unbeaten at the distance. Ricardo Santana, Jr will ride.
Tempers Rising was a maiden breaker at Churchill Downs over this distance in November for trainer Dallas Stewart. Julien Leparoux was aboard then and also for the Silverbulletday, where this filly was third beaten just a neck. The daughter of Bayern has never been worse than third.
Ursula was second in the Silverbulletday. She was also second behind monster filly Taraz in December here. Before that she broke her maiden by more than five lengths here in November. Michael Stidham trains the Tapit daughter. His Glory, Swiss Skydiver, and Impeccable Style round out the field. All three are winners at Churchill Downs and trying to bring their credentials to this track against a tougher cast. All the action on the Fair Grounds’ major card can be watched and wagered on with TVG.
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