Ema Bovary Puts Streak on Line in Vinery Madison

Ema Bovary goes after her ninth consecutive victory, facing a field that includes grade I winners Lady Tak and Harmony Lodge, in Wednesday's $175,000 Vinery Madison at Keenland.

Richard Beal and Lana Ramsey's multiple stakes-winner Ema Bovary has been training super at Keeneland. The Chilean-bred 5-year-old daughter of Edgy Diplomat has won 11 races in 16 starts, including the Las Flores Handicap (gr. III) at Santa Anita in her most recent outing on Feb. 22. West Coast-based trainer Larry Ross will give a leg up to Ema Bovary's regular rider, journeyman Roberto Gonzalez.

She'll tackle five foes in the seven-furlong Vinery Madison, which although ungraded, comes up much tougher than the Las Flores.

Saratoga's Ballerina Stakes (gr. I) winner Harmony Lodge has not been out of the money in her last ten starts. The speedy daughter of Hennessy has won half of her 20 lifetime starts. The Todd Pletcher-trained miss has a penchant for seven furlongs and should put in another top performance. Richard Migliore will fly into Lexington to don the Barbados blue and gold colors of Eugene and Laura Melnyk.

Heiligbrodt Racing Stable's Lady Tak won Saratoga's Test Stakes (gr. I) last summer and like Harmony Lodge and Ema Bovary, she hardly ever runs anything but a good race. The daughter of Mutakddim is best at a mile or less. She drew the cozy outside post position which will benefit her stalking style. A winner of six races in 11 starts, the Steve Asmussen trainee will be ridden by Shane Sellers.

Claiborne Farm and Adele B. Dilschneider's Yell won the Raven Run at Keeneland last fall. The daughter of A.P. Indy has an excellent turn of foot and would benefit from a speed duel on Wednesday. Trainer Shug McGaughey has spaced her races carefully and a sharp effort should be expected. Keeneland's all-time leading rider Pat Day, who was aboard for Yell's Raven Run victory, is named to ride.

Matt Garcia rides Southern California shipper Buffythecenterfold, second to Ema Bovary in the Las Flores. Co-owned by Stronach Stables and trained by Mel Stute, Buffythecenterfold is a multiple graded stakes winner.

$175,000 Vinery Madison, fillies $ mares, 4 & up, 7 furlongs
1. Yell (Pat Day)
2. Harmony Lodge (Richard Migliore)
3. Virgin Voyage (Rafael Bejarano)
4. Buffythecenterfold (Matt Garcia)
5. Ema Bovary (Roberto Gonzalez)
6. Lady Tak (Shane Sellers)