By Kelsey Riley
A well-matched field of 10 older fillies and mares was drawn Wednesday for the May 1 Humana Distaff (gr. I) on the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) undercard at Churchill Downs.
Informed Decision, last year’s champion female sprinter, will attempt to turn the tables on Dr. Zic and Dubai Majesty, who upset the 5-year-old daughter of Monarchos in her first start of the year in the Madison. Informed Decision has compiled an impressive record thus far, with 11 wins (eight in stakes) from 15 starts, highlighted by a win in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (gr. I). Informed Decision, who is owned by Augustin Stable and under the care of trainer Jonathan Sheppard, will be partnered by regular rider Julien Leparoux on Saturday.
Dr. Zic, who shipped in from Florida for a wire-to-wire win in the Madison, will attempt to steal the show again in the Humana. The daughter of Milwaukee Brew owns just one additional stakes win, but is currently riding a two-race win streak for trainer Joan Scott. Dr. Zic will once again partner with Kent Desormeaux, who has ridden the 4-year-old to her past two wins.
Dubai Majesty caused a mild upset while checking in second in the Madison, but the 5-year-old has been consistent in stakes company throughout her career. The daughter of Essence of Dubai has compiled two stakes wins and nine stakes-placings for trainer Bret Calhoun, and she will seek her first grade I victory in the Humana.
Three more fillies enter the Humana off stakes wins. Mona De Momma took Santa Anita’s Las Flores Stakes (gr. III) last out, Cassidys Pride won the Harmony Lodge Stakes at Gulfstream Park, and Warbling was victorious in the Inside Information Stakes (gr. II), also at Gulfstream.
Double Espresso, Pretty Prolific, Rated Fiesty, and Free Flying Soul complete the line up for the $300,000 Humana Distaff.
Humana Distaff (gr. I), May 1, $300,000, 4-year-olds and upward, 7 furlongs, Churchill Downs, Race 8, Post Time 2:59 p.m. EST
Post, Horse, Jockey
1. Dr. Zic, K Desormeaux
2. Warbling, R Dominguez
3. Informed Decision, J Leparoux
4. Dubai Majesty, J Theriot
5. Double Espresso, J Graham
6. Pretty Prolific, R Albarado
7. Cassidys Pride, J Lezcano
8. Rated Fiesty, S Bridgmohan
9. Free Flying Soul, M Smith
10. Mona De Momma, J Rosario