Led by a pair of 4-year-old fillies from the barn of Christophe Clement, a field of 12 was drawn for the $125,000 Rood and Riddle Dowager Stakes Oct. 23 at Keeneland.
The 1 1/2-mile listed turf race for fillies and mares is the feature on Keeneland’s nine-race Sunday card. Post time is set for 4:52 p.m. EDT.
The top Clement threat is Robert Scarborough’s Cheetah, an English-bred daughter of Tiger Hill. She won the Robert G. Dick Memorial Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Delaware Park in July and has won two of four starts in the U.S. since being shipped from England. The other win came on the Keeneland Polytrack in April.
Garrett Gomez will ride Cheetah, who is the co-high weight at 122 pounds.
Clement’s other chance is Moyglare Stud Farm’s Endless Expanse, an English-bred daughter of Red Ransom. She has been off since finishing seventh in Modesty Handicap (gr. IIIT) July 9 at Arlington Park. Earlier in the year at Gulfstream Park, Endless Expanse won an optional claimer and was second in the Orchid (gr. IIIT).
Also carrying 122 pounds is Farnsworth Stables’ Speak Easy Gal. Trained by Marty Wolfson, she was a decisive wire-to-wire winner in an Oct. 9 optional claimer on the Keeneland Polytrack going 1 1/16 miles. The 5-year-old West Acre mare won the Orchid in 2010 and is 7-2-2 from 17 career starts.
Leading rider Julien Leparoux will be aboard the consistent Askbut I Won'ttell, who enters off an optional claiming victory at Arlington Park. The 5-year-old mare, running for Chris Block, has produced a 7-5-2 mark from 22 career starts. She was a two-time grade III winner last year and has a Keeneland turf win in 2009 on her résumé.
$125,000 Dowager Stakes (gr. IT, Race 8, 4:52 p.m.), Fillies & Mares 3 & Up, 1 1/2 Miles (Turf) PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer 1. Cheetah (GB), G K Gomez, 122, C Clement
2. Senada (KY), E S Prado, 120, B Tagg
3. Grecian Maiden (KY), J Pimente,l 120, M J Trombetta
4. Malibu Win (PA), W Martinez ,120, P S Capestro
5. Hasay (GB), R Albarado, 120, H G Motion
6. Royal Madame (LA), G Saez, 120, S Duke
7. Miss Laa di Da (GB), R Maragh, 120, J E Sheppard
8. Endless Expanse (IRE), J Sanchez, 120, C Clement
9. Speak Easy Gal (FL), J V Bridgmohan, 122, M D Wolfson
10. Upperline (KY), J Graham, 120, M Stidham
11. Askbut I Won'ttell (FL), J R Leparoux, 120, C M Block
12. Dyani (KY), C H Borel, 120, E Kenneally