Turbulent Descent will share top weight of 123 pounds with another grade I winner in California, Tell a Kelly. The seven-furlong Beaumont is for 3-year-old fillies on Polytrack. Post time for the Sunday feature is scheduled for 4:52 p.m. EDT.
Trained by Mike Puype, Turbulent Descent won the Hollywood Starlet on the synthetic Cushion Track to cap off an undefeated juvenile season. She was runner-up by 1 1/4 lengths to Zazu in the Feb. 5 Las Virgenes (gr. I) to begin her sophomore campaign, but exacted revenge in the March 5 Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I) when outdueling her rival by a neck.
The connections of Turbulent Descent decided to bypass the upcoming Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), which they thought might be a bit too far at 1 1/8 miles. The Beaumont distance is right up her alley, as she has already scored at seven furlongs last year in the Moccasin Stakes at Hollywood.
The daughter of Congrats will be ridden by David Flores from post 6. She is owned by Blinkers On Racing, William Strauss, Robert Butler, and partners. Ocala Stud bred Turbulent Descent, who is out of the Forestry mare Roger’s Sue.
Ike and Dawn Thrash’s Tell a Kelly was third, beaten 2 1/2 lengths in the Hollywood Starlet to finish off a juvenile season that saw her make six starts. This will be her 3-year-old debut.
Her biggest effort last year came when winning the seven-furlong Darley Debutante (gr. I) Sept. 4 at Del Mar. After that, the Tapit filly was runner-up in the Oak Leaf (gr. I) and then seventh in the Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) at Churchill Downs in her only start on traditional dirt.
Previously in the barn of John Sadler, Chad Brown now trains Tell a Kelly, who will be ridden by Julien Leparoux for the first time. She wintered at Palm Meadows in Florida before shipping to Keeneland, where she worked four furlongs in :48 flat on April 13.
In sharp form right now is Copper Penny Stables’ Coax Liberty. The Successful Appeal filly won the Dearly Precious Stakes in her season debut in February and came back to run second, beaten only a half-length in the March 19 Cicada (gr. III)—both at Aqueduct. Coax Liberty has some back class as a juvenile, finishing off the board in a pair of grade I starts in New York, as well as third in the Adirondack (gr. II). Garrett Gomez will have the mount for James Lawrence II.
Entering off a win is speedy Bret Calhoun trainee, Gran Lioness, who wired the field in the Prima Donna Stakes March 26 at Oaklawn Park for her second black-type score of the year. She also won the My Trusty Cat Stakes at Delta Downs and was third in the Rachel Alexandra (gr. III) at Fair Grounds.
Aide, second in the Mardi Gras Stakes at Fair Grounds last month, and Honey Chile, who makes her season debut, complete the lineup.
$150,000 Beaumont (gr. II, Race 8, 4:52 p.m.), 3YO Fillies, 7 Furlongs (Polytrack)
PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer
1. Coax Liberty (KY), G K Gomez, 117, J L Lawrence II
2. Aide (KY), S Bridgmohan, 117, A M Stall Jr.
3. Gran Lioness (KY), J Theriot, 119, W B Calhoun
4. Honey Chile (FL), J Lezcano, 117, W M Catalano
5. Tell a Kelly (FL), J R Leparoux, 123, C C Brown
6. Turbulent Descent (FL), D R Flores, 123, M Puype