Three days after it was announced that Serena's Song will be inducted into the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame this summer, Spain will attempt to chip away at her career female earnings record of $3,283,388. The Thoroughbred Corp.'s 5-year-old daughter of Thunder Gulch will take on seven rivals in the $300,000 Louisville Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) on Kentucky Oaks day at Churchill Downs.
Like Serena's Song, Spain is trained by Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas. Spain enters the Louisville Handicap on an 11-race losing streak begun after her win in the La Canada Stakes (gr. II) in February of last year.
Spain will be up against two rivals that won races she contested during her current losing streak -- Trip, who won the Turfway Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) in which Spain finished third, and Falls City Handicap (gr. III) winner Forest Secrets. Spain was fifth in the Falls City, run last November at Churchill.
Also entered is De Bertie, who has yet to win a stakes race away from Gulfstream Park. She has won four black-type races at that South Florida oval, including the grade II Rampart Handicap. She did earn her maiden win in a claiming heat at Churchill Downs and won an allowance race there prior to finishing seventh in last year's Falls City.
The field for the 1 1/16-mile main track race will consist of:
1--Forest Secrets, Pat Day, 119
2--Spain, Jerry Bailey, 118
3--De Bertie, Kent Desormeaux, 113
4--Zeta, Jorge Chavez, 109
5--Maltese Superb, Edgar Prado, 113
6--Mystic Lady, Eibar Coa, 118
7--Red n'Gold, Robby Albarado, 112
8--Trip, John Velazquez, 114