Grade I winner Gypsy's Warning will make her season debut as the 123-pound high weight in a full field of fillies and mares shooting for the $200,000 Jenny Wiley (gr. IIT) April 16 at Keeneland.
Fourteen were drawn for the Jenny Wiley, a 1 1/16-mile turf race that will go as the third of four graded races on Keeneland’s Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) program. Probable post time is slated for 5:05 p.m. EDT.
When last seen Team Valor International and Green Lantern Stables’ Gypsy’s Warning won the Matriarch Stakes (gr. IT) Nov. 26 at Hollywood Park to complete her 5-year-old campaign. Grade I-placed twice and also the winner of the Eatontown (gr. IIIT) at Monmouth Park in 2010, Gypsy’s Warning wintered at Palm Meadows in Florida for trainer Graham Motion in preparation for her season debut. The daughter of Mogok is a two-time group I winner in her native South Africa and has won seven of 16 starts in her career with seven other third-place finishes.
Joel Rosario, aboard for the Matriach win, will have the mount. They will break from post 11.
Looking for her first win in North American but standing a good chance in here is French-bred filly Zagora. The 4-year-old daughter of Green Tune made her U.S. debut last October at Keeneland when she ran second in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (gr. IT). She made her seasonal debut March 12 at Tampa Bay Downs and missed by a neck for trainer Chad Brown. The chestnut filly won a pair of group III events in France in 2010. Julien Leparoux, who had the mount for the QEII, will be back aboard this time.
Also in with a big chance is Irish-bred 5-year-old Miss Keller, who has two nice tries at Keeneland. The daughter of Montjeu missed by a head in the 2009 Pin Oak Valley View Stakes (gr. IIIT) and won an allowance race at the 2010 Keeneland spring meet. Also that year, she scored the Canadian Stakes (Can-IIT) at Woodbine and was runner-up in the grade I E. P. Taylor Stakes for trainer Roger Attfield. Miss Keller ended her campaign with a ninth-place finish in the Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) and will be making her seasonal debut after preparing at Payson Park in Florida.
Entering off of solid turf wins are Never Retreat and Fantasia. Never Retreat won the March 5 Honey Fox (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream for Chris Block, while Fantasia came from way off the pace to get up by a nose in the River Memories Stakes last October at Woodbine. A 5-year-old English-bred mare, Fantasia was fourth, beaten less than a length, in the First Lady (gr. IT) last fall at Keeneland. Second in that race was C. S. Silk, who also returns in the Jenny Wiley after finishing second in the Feb. 12 Endeavour (gr. IIIT) at Tampa Bay.
$200,000 Jenny Wiley (gr. IIT, Race 9, 5:05 p.m.), Fillies & Mares 4 & Up, 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer 1. Miss Keller (IRE), J R Velazquez, 117, R L Attfield
2. Never Retreat (KY), S Bridgmohan, 119, C M Block
3. Forest Uproar (ON), A Garcia, 117, M R Frostad
4. Zagora (FR), J R Leparoux, 117, C C Brown
5. Satans Quick Chick (KY), B Creed, 117, E R Reed
6. Kiss Mine (KY), R Maragh, 117, D R Vance
7. Ice Mist (MD), J L Castanon, 117, B S Flint
8. Fantasia (GB), R Napravnik, 117, J E Sheppard
9. Aviate (GB), K J Desormeaux, 117, W I Mott
10. Eclair de Lune (GER), J Alvarado, 117, R L McAnally
11. Gypsy's Warning (SAF), J Rosario, 123, H G Motion
12. C. S. Silk (KY), G K Gomez, 117, D L Romans
13. Valli With a Vow (KY) (AE), J Graham, 117, J Carroll
14. Spring Party (KY) (AE), B Creed, 117, E R Reed