German-bred mare Caprice, third in last year's Rood & Riddle Dowager Stakes at Keeneland, returns for the $125,000 turf event as one of the favorites for owner Sven A. Hanson’s NP Bloodstock.
The 1 1/2-mile Rood & Riddle Dowager attracted 11 fillies and mares.
Caprice, a 6-year-old daughter of Monsun, won the Robert G. Dick Memorial (gr. IIIT) at Delaware Park in July and is coming off a fourth-place finish in the Glen Falls Handicap (gr. IIIT) on Sept. 7 at Saratoga. The winner of the Glens Falls was Mushka, who won Keeneland’s Juddmonte Spinster (gr. IT) on Oct. 11.
Trained by Graham Motion, Caprice is the 122-pound co-highweight with Winter View and the New Zeland-bred mare Black Mamba. Winter View, trained by Jonathan Sheppard for George Strawbridge Jr.’s Augustin Stable, defeated Caprice in the Bewitch (gr. IIIT) in April at Keeneland and finished behind her in the Dick Memorial.
Black Mamba, a grade I winner from Southern California-based trainer John Sadler for Richard Templer’s Doubledown Stables, is coming off a third-place finish behind Magical Fantasy in the Yellow Ribbon (gr. IT) at Santa Anita on Oct. 10. The Rood & Riddle Dowager marks her Keeneland debut.
$125,000 Rood and Riddle Dowager Stakes (Race 8, 4:42 p.m.), Fillies & Mares 3 & Up, 1 1/2 Miles (Turf)
PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer
1. Winter View (KY), J R Leparoux, 122, J E Sheppard
2. Caprice (GER), J Rose, 122, H G Motion
3. Soul of Nataka (ON), C H Borel, 116, R L Attfield
4. French Kiss (KY), J M Johnson, 120, G G Hartlage
5. Ballynoe (KY), J Graham, 120, T F Proctor
6. Super Poni (KY), S Gonzalez, Jr., 116, K Chudzik
7. Lemonette (KY), J Theriot, 120, E R Reed
8. Tarheel Girl (KY), S Bridgmohan, 120, P J Oliver
9. Sweet and Flawless (KY), J L Castanon, 116, E R Reed
10. Kite Seeker (TX), W Martinez, 120, M Whitton
11. Black Mamba (NZ), R Albarado, 122, J W Sadler