Eight of the 10 contestants in the Debutante Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs June 23 broke their maidens in their last start. The other two are still searching for their first score. All of which should make for a highly contentious running in the six-furlong event that first was contested in 1895.
Trainer D. Wayne Lukas, who holds the record with seven Debutante winners, will send out Bluegrass Hall’s Neith, who finished fourth at Churchill in her sole start. By Dynaformer, Neith is a half sister to 2010 Hollywood Starlet Stakes (gr. I) runner-up Big Tiz.
Richie'slilcowgirl registered the lengthiest victory of the winners, scoring by five lengths at Arlington Park in May. The Cowtown Cat filly, owned by Winchell Thoroughbreds and trained by Steve Asmussen, will have the riding services of C.J. Lanerie. She will break from the outside.
Four of the contestants—Blueeyesintherein, Floral Sky, My Daughter's Song, and Quiet Success—are coming off scores at Churchill. Dorothy Self and Berry King’s Blueeyesintherein won by 3 3/4 lengths in her only start, and Floral Sky, owned by John C. Oxley, tallied by a length in her only outing. Blueeyesintherein is by Magna Graduate , and Floral Sky is by Sky Mesa .
Danny Keene’s My Daughter’s Song will be making her fourth start. The daughter of Songandaprayer won last time out under jockey Shaun Bridgmohan and will be ridden Saturday by John McKee.
Truthandknowledge, owned by K. D. Investments and trainer Jackie Christenson, won at River Downs June 3 in her initial outing. By Magna Graduate , she will break from the inside under jockey R.A. Vazquez.
$100,000 Debutante Stakes (gr. III, Race 10, 5:25 p.m. EDT), 2YO Fillies, 6 Furlongs
PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer
1. Truthandknowledge, R A Vazquez, 120, J Christenson
2. Quiet Success, M Mena, 120, T M. Amoss
3. Blueeyesintherein, L R Goncalves, 120, G W Simms
4. Neith, J K Court, 118, D W Lukas
5. Floral Sky, S Bridgmohan, 120, M E Casse
6. Shesakitty, C H Borel, 118, L Wiggins
7. My Daughter’s Song, J McKee, 120, A Milligan
8. Love Me Good, S J Sellers, 120, T E Hamm
9. Dancing Elliebelle, B J Hernandez Jr, 120, L R Bentley
10. Richie’slilcowgirl, C J Lanerie, 120, S M Asmussen