Kelly's Humor wins the Ellis Park Debutante

Kelly's Humor wins the Ellis Park Debutante

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Take Charge Paula, Kelly’s Humor Head Pocahontas

Stakes winning juvenile fillies are two-for-two heading into the Pocahontas Stakes.

Two stakes winning juvenile fillies will put their undefeated records on the line when they take on 10 others in the $200,000 Pocahontas Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs Sept. 16.

Bruce Tallisman's Take Charge Paula enters the 1 1/16-mile stakes off a frontrunning, three-length win in the White Clay Creek Stakes going 5 1/2 furlongs Aug. 9 at Delaware Park. The Kelly Breen-trained Take Charge Indy filly won her debut in July at Monmouth Park, where she led at every call and dusted her competition by 4 1/4 lengths in a five-furlong test. She was bred in Kentucky by Extern Developments, out of the winning Songandaprayer mare Perfect Paula.

Also entering with a maiden and stakes victory on her record is Ike and Dawn Thrash's Kelly's Humor. Trained by Brad Cox, the daughter of Midnight Lute  enters the Pocahontas off a one-length win in the seven-furlong Ellis Park Debutante Stakes, where she raced near the back of the field, traveled seven wide in the turn, and rallied from fifth in the stretch to score. The filly, who also broke her maiden at Ellis Park in July, was bred by Chappell Alpine Farm and is out of the stakes-placed Distorted Humor  mare Cauy's Humor.

Firstmate was a first-out winner for owners Barry and Joni Butzow in the Aug. 20 Northern Lights Debutante at Canterbury Park, where she rallied from 20 lengths back and finished in front by nine lengths for trainer Joe Sharp.

Sunny Skies won the Debutante Stakes at Churchill June 30. Although Normandy Farm's Animal Kingdom  filly has a stakes win over the Louisville oval, she finished third last time out in the Ellis Park Debutante, 2 1/4 lengths behind Kelly's Humor. The same trainer and owner combination took the Pocahantas Stakes last year with Daddys Lil Darling.

Two other entrants of interest were both high-priced yearlings. John Oxley's Snowfire was a $500,000 purchase at the 2016 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale. The Tapit  filly, who is a half sister to stakes winner War Secretary, broke her maiden at Churchill and then finished fourth in the July 21 Schuylerville Stakes (G3) at Saratoga Race Course.

Joseph Sutton's Sultry was a $400,000 purchase at the 2016 Keeneland September yearling sale. The daughter of Malibu Moon  broke her maiden stylishly in August at Ellis going 6 1/2 furlongs. She is the first foal to race out of the graded-placed Viva Carina.

The race is a "Road to the Kentucky Oaks" points event and awards qualifying points on a 10-4-2-1 scale to the top four finishers. 

The Pocahontas is also a "Win and You're In" race for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) Nov. 4 at Del Mar. The winner will earn an automatic berth and a travel stipend. 

Entries: Pocahontas S. (G2)

Churchill Downs, Saturday, September 16, 2017, Race 11

  • Grade II
  • 1 1/16m
  • Dirt
  • $200,000
  • 2 yo Fillies
  • 5:50 PM (local)
11Lady Freedom (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateFlorent Geroux118Rodolfo Garcia30/1
22Firstmate (MN)Kendrick Carmouche120Joe Sharp20/1
33Snowfire (KY)Julien R. Leparoux118Mark E. Casse6/1
44Harbor Lights (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateRicardo Santana, Jr.118Steven M. Asmussen8/1
55Primo Extremo (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateWalter De La Cruz118Jason DaCosta8/1
66Vision of Justice (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateGabriel Saez118Greg Burchell20/1
77Take Charge Paula (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJames Graham120Kelly J. Breen6/1
88Sunny Skies (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateRobby Albarado120Kenneth G. McPeek4/1
99Sultry (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJoseph Rocco, Jr.118Eddie Kenneally10/1
1010Upset Brewing (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateCorey J. Lanerie118William B. Bradley5/1
1111Patrona Margarita (TX)Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.118W. Bret Calhoun20/1
1212Kelly's Humor (KY)Shaun Bridgmohan120Brad H. Cox9/2