A full field of 12 fillies is slated to compete in the Bourbonette Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) at Turfway Park March 24. Led by the stakes-winning trio of Sealy Hill, Our Dancing Babe, and Olivine, each filly is seeking her first graded stakes victory.
Our Dancing Babe enters the race with three consecutive victories over the Turfway track this year. The Belong to Me filly's last win came in the Feb. 24 Valdale Stakes for trainer D. M. Smithwick Jr.
The Mark Casse-trained Sealy Hill comes into the Bourbonette off of a second place finish in an allowance race at Gulfstream. The 3-year-old daughter of Point Givenwon the Glorious Song Stakes at Woodbine as a juvenile.
"In her last race, there was no pace and we found ourselves on the lead," Casse said. "Everything that could've gone wrong, did. We drew the inside and she likes to sit off the pace and come around horses. We chose this spot because of the Polytrack. She ran very well at Woodbine."
The other stakes winner in the field, Olivine, is trained by David Donk. The Royal Academyfilly won the Feb. 25 Busher Stakes at Aqueduct in her last outing.
Additional entries include Panty Raid, who is conditioned by trainer Todd Pletcher, and the Helen Pitts trainee Silverinyourpocket.
"Silverinyourpocket is doing super," said Pitts. "It's always a question when you stretch them out, but she has the mind to do it. She just waits and does everything you ask her."
The rest of the field includes: Bavarian Belle, Acadia Breeze, Indian War Dress, Floral Park, Rivanna River, Tale of the Queen, and Aspiring. Tessa Blue and Not Two Quiet are also eligible.
$150,000 Bourbonette Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III), 3-year-old fillies, one mile
PP. Horse, Jockey
1. Bavarian Belle, Julien Leparoux
2. Our Dancing Babe, Alonso Quinonez
3. Acadia Breeze, Shaun Bridgmohan
4. Panty Raid, Edgar Prado
5. Sealy Hill, Patrick Husbands
6. Indian War Dress, Channing Hill
7. Floral Park, Kent Desormeaux
8. Rivanna River, Hector Rosario Jr.
9. Tale of the Queen, Willie Martinez
10. Silverinyourpocket, Rafael Bejarano
11. Olivine, John Velazquez
12. Aspiring, Miquel Mena
AE. Tessa Blue, Edgar Prado
AE. Not Two Quiet, Mario Pino