A full field of 14 juvenile fillies were entered for the $150,000 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine Stakes at Keeneland Oct. 9. Though ungraded, the 1 1/16-mile turf event is the 57th and final Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” contest of the season.
The winner of the Jessamine will receive an automatic berth in the $1-million Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf Oct. 24 at Santa Anita. It’s Tiffin Time and More of the Best are on the also-eligible list in an overflow event.
Dolphus Morrison’s homebred Abbott Hall drew early favoritism in the Jessamine based on her convincing six-length score in the 1 1/16-mile Happy Ticket Stakes Sept. 20 at Louisiana Downs. It was her second consecutive victory, as the daughter of El Corredor--Miss Abbott, by Cure the Blues broke her maiden by 6 1/4 lengths at second asking Aug. 23 on the Ellis Park grass.
Trained by Hal Wiggins, Abbott Hall drew post 11 and will get the services of Robby Albarado for the second consecutive race. She was installed at 3-1 on the morning line.
Shadwell Stable’s Kentucky homebred Habaya is the 4-1 second betting choice. The Storm Cat filly has raced just once, that coming Sept. 25 at Belmont where she came from off the pace to get up by a half-length on the turf going seven furlongs. Originally sent to Dubai, Habaya was returned to the U.S. earlier this season to begin her racing career. She is out of the Pivotal mare Golden Apples. Richard Migliore will ride again and break from the inside post.
Michael Maker trainee Complicity missed by only a length in the Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies Sept. 27 on the Turfway Park Polytrack last out. She stalked the pace under Julien Leparoux and made her four-wide bid entering the lane but could not catch Sugar Mom in the final furlong. The daughter of City Zip broke her maiden Aug. 31 at Ellis Park at 5 1/2 furlongs on the dirt. Leparoux rides again.
Golden Goose Enterprise and IEAH Stables’ Laragh should garner some attention based on her effort in the Natalma (Can-III) Sept. 14 at Woodbine. The Tapit filly led the one-mile event on Polytrack after four furlongs and was noses apart with two rivals entering the stretch, but weakened in the final furlong to finish fifth. She broke her maiden at second asking Aug. 9 at Woodbine in wire-to-wire fashion. Edgar Prado picks up the mount for trainer Mark Casse.
Jake Pletcher’s Phola is also coming off a decent start in graded stakes company. Phola, a daughter of Johannesburg, ran third in the one-mile Arlington-Washington Lassie (gr. III) Sept. 6 on the Polytrack. The effort came one race after notching a victory in her debut at Arlington Park. Todd Pletcher trains for his father.
$150,000 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine Stakes (Race 8, 4:40 p.m.), 2-year-old Fillies, 1 1/16 Miles (Turf)
PP. Horse, Jockey
1. Habaya (KY), Richard Migliore
2. War Tigress (KY), Brian Hernandez Jr.
3. Glamorous Gal (KY), Calvin Borel
4. Complicity (KY), Julien Leparoux
5. Maybe Baby (KY), Jamie Theriot
6. Hint of Lemon (KY), Shaun Bridgmohan
7. Laragh (KY). Edgar Prado
8. Never Lie (FL), Corey Lanerie
9. Lake Cook (KY), Kent Desormeaux
10. Phola (KY), Rene Douglas
11. Abbott Hall (KY), Robby Albarado
12. Acting Lady (KY), Miguel Mena
AE It's Tiffin Time (KY), Miguel Mena
AE More of the Best (KY), Rene Douglas