A full field of 10 turf sprinters will contest the $100,000 Shakertown Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the Blue Grass undercard at Keeneland Saturday. Mighty Beau, who missed by a head to Morluc in last year's Shakertown, will attract plenty of attention in the 5 1/2 furlong event.
Mighty Beau, a son of Rainbow Prospect, will be making his first start of the year in the Shakertown. Two years ago, Airbourned Command captured the race, and he is back for another try after a sixth-place result in 2002. The 8-year-old is a son of Exbourne.
Trainer Carl Nafzger, who won the Stonerside Beaumont with My Boston Gal two days before the Shakertown, sends out Janis Witham's Fiscally Speaking. The homebred son of Belong To Me has never started at the distance.
The Shakertown field, in post position order with jockeys and weights:
1) Testify (Robby Albarado, 120)
2) Abderian (Edgar Prado, 120)
3) Ghostly Numbers (Larry Melancon, 120)
4) Bananas (Willie Martinez, 118)
5) Mighty Beau (Mike Smith, 118)
6) Shades Of Sunny (Jason Lumpkins, 118)
7) No Jacket Required (Brice Blanc, 118)
8) Airbourne Command (Pat Day, 118)
9) Fiscally Speaking (Kent Desormeaux, 118)
10) Medal Play (Cornelio Velasquez, 118)
AE) Bully Bully (Frank Lovato Jr., 118)