Upperline Moves to Keeneland Turf for Dowager
After finishing third on the main track in the Juddmonte Spinster Stakes (gr. I) the opening weekend of the Keeneland fall meeting, Upperline will try the turf in the $125,000 Rood & Riddle Dowager Stakes Oct. 21.
The two-week turnaround marks the shortest rest between races in the 5-year-old Maria's Mon mare's career. Upperline will be returning to the course and 1 1/2-mile distance at which she captured the Grey Goose Bewitch Stakes (gr. IIIT) in the spring.
Owned by Stone Farm, John Adger, Oak Crest Farm, and trainer Michael Stidham, Upperline will try to become the first horse to win the Bewitch and Dowager in the same season.
Regular rider James Graham has the mount on Upperline, who will break from post 10.
Lael Stables’ Senada will try to win the Dowager for a second straight year. Last year the 5-year-old Pulpit mare edged Upperline in the Dowager.
Senada was third to Upperline in the Grey Goose Bewitch. Trained by Jonathan Sheppard, Senada leaves from post 8 under Shaun Bridgmohan.
Michael Tabor’s Ciao Bella finished fourth in the Garden City (gr. IT) at Belmont Park Sept. 15 behind a trio of fillies that participated in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (gr. IT)) Oct. 13 at Keeneland.
The Rood & Riddle Dowager will go as the eighth on Sunday’s nine-race program with a 4:49 p.m. (EDT) post time.
$125,000 Rood & Riddle Dowager Stakes (Race 8, approximate post 4:49 p.m. EDT) Fillies & Mares 3 & Up, 1 1/2 Miles (Turf)
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