Apple Betty captures the River Memories Stakes at Belmont Park July 9 under John Velazquez.

Apple Betty captures the River Memories Stakes at Belmont Park July 9 under John Velazquez.

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Apple Betty Looks to Go the Distance in Dowager

Daughter of Galileo is a full sister to Breeders' Cup Turf winner Magician.

Joseph Allen's Apple Betty will aim to make good on her regal pedigree when she heads a field of 10 fillies and mares entered for the $125,000 Rood and Riddle Dowager Stakes (G3T) Oct. 22 at Keeneland.

Now trained by Shug McGaughey, Apple Betty made her U.S. debut in last year's Dowager—when still with trainer Jean-Claude Rouget—and was beaten a nose at the wire by Elektrum. The daughter of Galileo (IRE) has put in some admirable runs since that race, including a third-place effort in the May 6 Sheepshead Bay Stakes (G2T) where she finished ahead of eventual grade 1 winner Zipessa, and earned her first stakes score when she took the River Memories Stakes going 1 1/2 miles at Belmont Park July 9.

Fourth in the Aug. 5 Fasig-Tipton Waya Stakes (G3T) in her most recent start, Apple Betty is bred to thrive over the Dowager's 12-furlong distance. The 4-year-old bay filly is a full sister to 2013 Breeders' Cup Turf (G1T) winner Magician  and is out of the Mozart (IRE) mare Absolutelyfabulous.

Graham Motion trainee Lottie was second in the Waya Stakes and comes into the Dowager off a fifth-place finish in the Glens Falls Stakes (G3T) at Saratoga Race Course. The daughter of Arch has prior experience over the Keeneland course, running third there in her debut in October of 2015 and finishing second in an allowance race in April of 2016.

Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Daring Duchess finished fifth in last year's edition of the Dowager, her first try against graded stakes company. The 5-year-old Arch mare prevailed in the Keertana Overnight Stakes going 1 1/2 miles on the turf at Churchill Downs May 27 and was most recently fourth in the Ramsey Farm Stakes at Kentucky Downs Sept. 14.

Entries: Rood and Riddle Dowager S. (G3T)

Keeneland, Sunday, October 22, 2017, Race 8

  • Grade IIIT
  • 1 1/2m
  • Turf
  • $125,000
  • 3 yo's & up Fillies and Mares
  • 4:57 PM (local)
PPHorseJockeyWgtTrainerM/L
11Bootsy's Girl (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateChanning Hill121Luis A. Jurado30/1
22Lottie (KY)Jose L. Ortiz121H. Graham Motion3/1
33Place des Vosges (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateFlorent Geroux121Richard Baltas15/1
44Coco Channel (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJulie Burke118Charles Lopresti20/1
55Daring Duchess (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJulien R. Leparoux121Michael J. Maker5/1
66Promotional (FL)Corey J. Lanerie121Thomas F. Proctor12/1
77Apple Betty (IRE)John R. Velazquez121Claude R. McGaughey III3/1
88Polar Vortex (IN)Ty Kennedy118Tim Glyshaw30/1
99Daddy's Boo (FL)Jose Valdivia, Jr.121Larry Rivelli10/1
1010Grateful (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateManuel Franco118Todd A. Pletcher5/2