Jessamine winner Kathmanblu switches to the dirt for the Golden Rod.<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

Jessamine winner Kathmanblu switches to the dirt for the Golden Rod.
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Mathea Kelley

Aide Hopes to Add Golden Rod Win

Aide figures to be tough after winning at Churchill by nearly 20 lengths.

Kathmanblu, a troubled third to More Than Real in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IIT) at Churchill Downs in her most recent start, and Adele Dilschneider’s homebred Aide, a 19 3/4-length allowance winner at the Louisville track Oct. 31, head a field of seven 2-year-old fillies entered in the 67th running of the $150,000 Golden Rod Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill.

The Golden Rod will be run at 1 1/16 miles Saturday, Nov. 27, and will go as the co-featured ninth race on the “Stars of Tomorrow II” card devoted exclusively to 2-year-olds. Post time for the Golden Rod is 4:42 p.m. 

Trained by Ken McPeek, Kathmanblu debuted on the dirt in a 4 1/2-furlong race at Churchill in June, finishing eighth. Since then, the daughter of 2006 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) runner-up Bluegrass Cat  has found herself at home on the grass with a record of two wins and two placings from four turf starts that includes a four-length victory in the JPMorgan Chase Jessamine Stakes at Keeneland.

Kathmanblu has been installed as the narrow 8-5 favorite in the Golden Rod.  Julien Leparoux, who won the Golden Rod in 2007 aboard Pure Clan, has the call on Kathmanblu, who will break from post position four. Kathmanblu is owned by Wind River Stables and Five D Thoroughbreds.

Aide, the 9-5 second choice in the Golden Rod, will break from post one under Garrett Gomez. She broke her maiden at second asking on Polytrack at Turfway Park prior to her eye-catching Churchill Downs allowance win at the Golden Rod distance. Aide is trained by Al Stall Jr., who saddled Dilschneider and Claiborne Farm’s homebred Blame to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I). Aide’s sire, Arch, also is the sire of Blame.

Also in the field are the third- and fourth-place finishers from the opening-day Pocahontas Stakes (gr. II), Missyoulikecrazy and Gran Lioness, respectively. Robby Albarado, who won the 1997 Golden Rod on Love Lock, has the call on Missyoulikecrazy, who will break from post position two. Shaun Bridgmohan will ride Gran Lioness, who breaks from post position six. 

Golden Rod Stakes (gr. II, $150,000, Nov. 27, Race 9, 4:42 p.m.) 2-Year-Old Fillies, 1 1/16 Miles, Weight 119, Dirt

Post  Horse  Jockey  Trainer  Odds
1)  Aide  G K Gomez   A M Stall Jr.  9-5
2)  Missyoulikecrazy  R Albarado  E Kenneally  7-2
3)  Missed the Point   T Farina  G R Arnold II  15-1
4)  Kathmanblu  J R Leparoux  K G McPeek  8-5
5)  Suave Voir Faire  S Gonzalez Jr  D M Smithwick Jr  20-1
6)  Gran Lioness  S Bridgmohan  W B Calhoun  6-1
7)  Sweet Deal to Win  J K Court  T Newton  20-1