Godolphin Racing's Stellar Jayne is scheduled to make her last start in Friday's $150,000 Top Flight Handicap (gr. II) at one mile before being retired. The three-time grade I winner has banked more than $1.4 million and will be the filly to beat in the Top Flight.
Stellar Jayne, who was purchased by Godolphin after her 3-year-old campaign for Spendthrift Farm, had her 2005 campaign shortened to three starts as a result of minor infirmities.
After winning her seasonal debut in the Misty Galore July 2 at Belmont, she missed a start during the summer but rebounded to take the Ruffian (gr. I) on Sept. 11. Off that race, Stellar Jayne was pointed to the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I).
The third-place finisher in the 2004 Distaff behind Ashado, Stellar Jayne, like everyone else in the 2005 Distaff, proved no match for the runaway upset winner, Pleasant Home. She was beaten 11 ¾ lengths after a slow break in this year's Distaff.
"We were a little disappointed we finished fourth in the Distaff," said Rick Mettee, assistant to trainer Saeed bin Suroor. "I don't think being in the second flight of horses was the best spot for her. I thought she'd be closer up than she was or even on the lead."
Mettee said Stellar Jayne should not have a letdown.
"She's had a light campaign and she's trained very well the last three weeks," said Mettee. "This race is a one-turn mile and that's a good fit for her."
Jerry Bailey will make a special appearance at the Big A on Friday to pilot Stellar Jayne, the 123-pound high weight.
John Kimmel, who trains Top Flight contender Seeking the Ante, agrees that Stellar Jayne is the horse to beat, but he is not exactly afraid of the Godolphin runner.
"A lot of horses don't run the races you think they will after the Breeders' Cup," Kimmel said.
Seeking the Ante has done most of her damage this year at seven furlongs, winning the Nassau County Breeders' Cup (gr. II), the Iroquois for New York-breds and a second-level allowance at seven-eighths.
"She's pretty good between seven furlongs and a mile and an eighth, but I would say a one-turn mile is an ideal distance for her," said Kimmel, who trains the daughter of Antespend for Chester and Mary Broman.
Green Lantern Stables' Ender's Sister has the potential to be on or near the lead in the Top Flight. She comes off a huge 19-length victory in a Keeneland allowance run over a muddy track, an effort that was probably bias-aided.$150,000 Top Flight Handicap (gr. II, Race 8, 3:48 p.m.), fillies & mares 3 & up, 1 mile
PP., HORSE, TRAINER, JOCKEY, WGT.
1. Bohemian Lady, Todd Pletcher, Jose Santos, 115
2. Seeking the Ante, John Kimmel, Mike Luzzi, 116
3. Areek, Mark Hennig, Jose Velez Jr., 115
4. Last Song, Richard Dutrow Jr., Cornelio Velasquez, 115
5. A Song In A Minor, Sal Gonzalez, Pablo Morales, 114
6. Stellar Jayne, Saeed bin Suroor, Jerry Bailey, 123
7. Ender's Sister, Rusty Arnold, Javier Castellano, 114
8. Cloakof Vagueness, Phil Hauswald, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 113