Songbird is 3-for-3, including a win in the Chandelier Stakes on September 26.

Songbird is 3-for-3, including a win in the Chandelier Stakes on September 26.

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Songbird vs. 'Valentina' in Juvenile Fillies

The top fillies from each coast are set to square off Oct. 31 at Keeneland.

The top fillies from each coastboth undefeatedare set to tangle in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) Oct. 31 at Keeneland.

The expected favorite is Fox Hill Farms' Songbird, not only for the margins of her victories but also for the distance at which she won her last, the 1 1/16-mile Chandelier (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park Sept. 26.

NOVAK: Songbird Soars to Chandelier Victory

The frontrunning daughter of Medaglia d'Oro  cruised to a 4 1/2-length victory in the Chandelier at the Juvenile Fillies distance, which appears to give her a leg up on Rachel's Valentina, who is owned by Stonestreet Stables and 2-for-2 in one-turn races, including the seven-furlong Spinaway (gr. I) last time out Sept. 15 at Saratoga Race Course.

NOVAK: Rachel's Valentina Solid in Spinaway

They also differ greatly in style. Rachel's Valentina, a daughter of champions Bernardini  and Rachel Alexandra trained by Todd Pletcher, has come from off the pace in both of her victories. Songbird, trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, has never trailed at any point of call in her three-race career, which also includes a score in the Del Mar Debutante (gr. I). Songbird will have to overcome an outside post, however, the widest of all in the field of 10. Rachel's Valentina will be just to her left under Hall of Famer John Velazquez in post 9.

Songbird should have the lead with regular rider Mike Smith in the irons, but could get a challenge for the front from LNJ Foxwoods' Nickname, last-out winner of the Frizette (gr. I) Oct. 3 at Belmont Park. The Scat Daddy filly stalked and pounced to win the one-turn mile event on a sloppy track, but sped through her six-furlong maiden-breaking victory a start before at Saratoga. If inclement weather does strike Breeders' Cup weekend, the Steve Asmussen trainee could hold the advantage.

Nickname isn't the only filly with experience on a wet trackDothraki Queen ran second and Ma Can Do It finished fourth in the sloppy Alcibiades (gr. I) at Keeneland Oct. 2but Nickname is the only entrant with a victory over an off track.

MITCHELL: Nickname Wins Frizette Driving in the Slop

Tap to It, Bold Quality, Forever Darling, Nemoralia, and Right There all broke their maidens in sprints, but have yet to earn victories at longer distances. Tap to It and Bold Quality have all come close, however, with second-place finishes in graded events last time out.

Land Over Sea also provides an intriguing angle with her successful maiden-breaking run going a mile over turf at Del Mar in July for trainer Doug O'Neill, but she has finished well back behind Songbirdsecond and third, respectivelyin the Chandelier and Del Mar Debutante. 

Entries: 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1)

Keeneland, Saturday, October 31, 2015, Race 3

  • Grade I
  • 1 1/16m
  • Dirt
  • $2,000,000
  • 2 yo Fillies
  • 12:05 PM (local)
11Land Over Sea (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateMario Gutierrez122Doug F. O'Neill8/1
22Tap to It (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJoel Rosario122Ralph E. Nicks8/1
33Right There (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateKent J. Desormeaux122J. Keith Desormeaux30/1
44Ma Can Do It (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateRobby Albarado122Dale L. Romans30/1
55Forever Darling (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateRafael Bejarano122Richard Baltas30/1
66Bold Quality (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduatePaco Lopez122Kelly J. Breen20/1
77Nickname (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJavier Castellano122Steven M. Asmussen4/1
88Dothraki Queen (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateCorey J. Lanerie122Kenneth G. McPeek10/1
99Rachel's Valentina (KY)John R. Velazquez122Todd A. Pletcher7/2
1010Songbird (KY)Mike E. Smith122Jerry Hollendorfer7/5