Miss Ella wins the July 24 Caress Stakes at Saratoga

Miss Ella wins the July 24 Caress Stakes at Saratoga

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Miss Ella Looks to Repeat in Buffalo Trace

Lull, Morticia likely main competitors in the 5 1/2-furlong turf event.

Jack Swain III's Miss Ella headlines a field of 12 fillies and mares and four also-eligibles entered for the 21st running of the $100,000 Buffalo Trace Franklin County Stakes (G3T) to be run Oct. 13 at 5 1/2 furlongs on the Keeneland turf course.

Trained by Graham Motion, Miss Ella will attempt to join Ayrial Delight (1998-99) as the only back-to-back winner of the race. Feargal Lynch will have the mount Friday and break from post 1. The 5-year-old daughter of Exchange Rate finished seventh in the Sensible Lady Turf Dash Stakes at Laurel Park last out Sept. 16 and second in the Aug. 27 Smart N Fancy Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.

Chief rivals to Miss Ella might be a couple of 3-year-olds: Adele Dilschneider and Claiborne Farm's Lull and G. Watts Humphrey Jr.'s Morticia.

Trained by Christophe Clement, Lull comes into the Buffalo Trace off a victory in the Kentucky Downs Ladies Sprint Stakes Sept. 9 and a runner-up finish in the one-mile San Clemente Handicap (G2T) July 23 at Del Mar. The twice graded-stakes placed Lull will be ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr. and break from post 6.

Trained by Rusty Arnold, Morticia is a four-time turf sprint stakes winner and comes into the race off a third-place finish in the Kentucky Downs Ladies Sprint. Jose Lezcano has the mount and will break from post 7.

Entries: Buffalo Trace Franklin County S. (G3T)

Keeneland, Friday, October 13, 2017, Race 9

  • Grade IIIT
  • 5 1/2f
  • Turf
  • $100,000
  • 3 yo's & up Fillies and Mares
  • 5:30 PM (local)
11Miss Ella (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateFeargal Lynch120H. Graham Motion7/2
22Justa Lady (KY)Ricardo Santana, Jr.120Steven M. Asmussen10/1
33Boom Bam Bing (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateC.J. McMahon120Karl Broberg30/1
44Kasuga (ON)Julien R. Leparoux120William I. Mott4/1
55Ruby Notion (WV)Julio A. Garcia120Wesley A. Ward12/1
66Lull (KY)Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.118Christophe Clement5/1
77Morticia (KY)Jose Lezcano118George R. Arnold, II4/1
88Always Thinking (KY)Joe Bravo120Thomas Albertrani8/1
99Scatter Gun (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJoseph Rocco, Jr.120Neil L. Pessin30/1
1010Indriya (KY)Rito Almanza120Felipe N Souza30/1
1111Nobody's Fault (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateCorey J. Lanerie120Neil L. Pessin8/1
1212Carolina Shag (WV)Jack Gilligan120Susan S. Cooney30/1
1313Childhood (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateRobby Albarado118Wesley A. Ward15/1
1414Marquee Cal Gal (KY)Jack Gilligan120Philip A. Sims15/1
1515Excessivespending (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateCorey J. Lanerie118Chris A. Hartman20/1
1616Wheatfield (LA)Florent Geroux120Danny Pish20/1