Two-year-old fillies get a chance to run for $100,000 on the turf Thursday at Keeneland. Nine fillies are scheduled to fight it out in the Green River Stakes, run at 8 1/2 furlongs on the grass.
Favored is the Todd Pletcher trainee Ocean Drive, who won the Salem County Stakes in her last start on Oct. 4. She won the mile turf event by 3 3/4 lengths. Bonnie and Sy Baskin own the daughter of Belong to Me and the Clever Trick mare Clever But Costly. She is at 5-2 for the morning line.
In August, Fabulous Brush outdistanced Moonlight Sonata by five lengths in the Pepsi Bassinet Stakes at River Downs. The fillies are both entered in the Green River. Fabulous Brush, at 3-1 on the morning line, last ran in the Oct. 5 Frizette Stakes (gr. I), where she was unplaced. She races for her breeders, V.D. and K.K. Jayaraman.
Willmott Stables' homebred Sand Springs is the third choice in the Green River. She finished third in the Natalma Stakes (Can-IIIT) at Woodbine in September, but performed poorly in the Oct. 4 Walmac International Alcibiades Stakes (gr. II), run over a sloppy main track at Keeneland. She finished ninth that day. A return to the turf could mean a return to good form for this filly.
The field for the $100,000 Green River Stakes, contested over 8 1/2 furlongs on the grass at Keeneland:
PP, Horse, jockey, weight, odds
1--Fabulous Brush, J.R. Martinez Jr., 118, 3-1
2--Sand Springs, Pat Day, 118, 7-2
3--Wild But Worth It, J.L. Castanon, 116, 20-1
4--Lil Scout, Brice Blanc, 120, 6-1
5--Moonlight Sonata, Mark Guidry, 122, 5-1
6--Yacht Club, Calvin Borel, 116, 10-1
7--Flying Dove, Jon Court, 116, 30-1
8--Ocean Drive, John Velazquez, 120, 5-2
9--Prom Date, Robby Albarado, 116, 12-1