Evening Attire Leads Talented Field for Ben Ali

Multiple grade I winner and earner of more than $2-million, Evening Attire will be looking for his first win of the year when he headlines a talented field of seven in Thursday's $150,000 Ben Ali (gr. III), going 1 1/8-miles at Keeneland.

Dual Classic winner Funny Cide narrowly beat the 6-year-old gelding in the April 3 Excelsior Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct. Evening Attire also has finished second this year in the Feb. 14 John B. Campbell Breeders' Cup Handicap at Laurel Park. He began the year with a second-place effort in the Jan. 17 Aqueduct Handicap (gr. III).

Cornelio Velasquez has the mount, with Evening Attire listed at 9/5 on the morning line.

Last year's Arkansas Derby (gr. II) winner Sir Cherokee returned to the races in 2004 with a victory in the Maxim Gold Cup at Sam Houston Race Park and is looking to rebound in the Ben Ali following two disappointing efforts in the Feb. 29 New Orleans Handicap (gr. II) at Fair Grounds and the April 3 Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II).

Calvin Borel gets the mount aboard Sir Cherokee, who is listed at 5/1.

Sarava, winner of the 2002 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) will be seeking his first win of the year in the Ben Ali. With only three starts since the Belmont, he has yet to return to his 3-year-old form. The son of Wild Again has been working well and trainer Bob Baffert will give a leg up to Pat Day. Sarava is listed at 12/1 on the morning line.

The field for Thursday's $150,000 Ben Ali (gr. III) field includes:
1-- Congrats (John Velazquez, 3-1)
2--Evening Attire (Velasquez, 9-5)
3--American Style (Shane Sellers, 10-1 )
4--Jersey Giant (Jerry Bailey, 6-1)
5--Sarava (Day, 12-1),
6--Sir Cherokee (Borel, 5-1)
7--Midway Road (Robby Albarado, 4-1).