A long wait for the spring thaw and the return of top-level turf racing to Kentucky helped produce an extraordinarily tough group of 10 older fillies and mares for the $200,000 Jenny Wiley Stakes (gr. IIT) at Keeneland April 12. Grade I winners Precious Kitten, Rutherienne, and Bit of Whimsy and the last two Canadian Horse of the Year winners, Arravale and Sealy Hill, account for half of the field.
- Chestnut Mare
- Born 2002
- KY -Bred
|Trainer||Andrew Leggio, Jr.|
|Jockey||Francisco C. Torres|
|Owner||Rancha Fresa, Inc. (Tom & Sue Ball)|
|Breeder||J.M.J. Stables Corp.|
|Candy Ball View Five-Cross Pedigree||Lemon Drop Kid||Kingmambo|
|Merry Festival||Private Account|
|Sale / Hip||Type||Buyer||Consignor||Price|
|Yearling||Rancha Fresa||Lane's End, agent||$12,000|
|Racing or broodmare prospect||Three Chimneys Sales, agent||($190,000)|
|Broodmare||ITC||Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent||$230,000|
Prices in parentheses indicate a horse did not sell because it did not meet its reserve price.
Candy Ball broke sharply and led every step of the way in the $150,000 Bayou Breeders' Cup Handicap Feb. 23 at Fair Grounds, soundly defeating five rivals in the 1 1/8-mile test that was moved to the dirt.
A field of seven is entered for the Feb. 23 Bayou Handicap, a 1 1/8-mile turf test for older fillies and mares at Fair Grounds.
Stuart Janney III and Phipps Stable homebred Criminologist searches for her sixth victory of the campaign and fourth in a row as she battles seven contenders in the $150,000 Cardinal Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the Churchill Downs turf Nov. 17.
Lawrence Goichman's odds-on choice J'ray, knocking on the door since November, earned her first graded stakes win in a romp over eight rivals in the $118,000 Bayou Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIIT) for fillies and mares on the Fair Grounds turf Saturday.
Lawrence Goichman's J'ray, a close second in each of her last three starts, all in grade III competition, gets another chance when she heads a field of 12 fillies and mares named to Saturday's $150,000 Bayou Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Fair Grounds Race Course.