Inglorious Heads Doubledogdare at Keeneland
The Doubledogdare, for older fillies and mares going 1 1/16 miles on the main track, will go as the ninth race on a 10-race card with an approximate post time of 5:13 p.m. EDT.
Trained by Josie Carroll, Inglorious enters her next test off a third-place finish in the Feb. 9 Suwannee River Stakes (gr. IIIT) on turf at Gulfstream Park. In her most recent start on an all weather surface, Inglorious finished third as the favorite in the Dec. 12 Bayakoa Handicap (gr. II) at Betfair Hollywood Park. She has won more than $1.4 million but seeks her first victory since that Queen's Plate score.
MOST WINS BY A HORSE: Jeano 2 (1992, 1994).
MOST WINS BY A JOCKEY: John Velazquez 3.
MOST WINS BY A TRAINER: Carl Nafzger 3, Todd Pletcher 3.
BIGGEST LONGSHOT WINNER: Carriage Trail (2008) and Embur's Song (2011) each paid $21.20 to win.
BIGGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY (since 2007): Indescribable (2009), 2 1/4 lengths.
FASTEST TIME (since 2007): Embur's Song (2011), 1:41.62.
FACTOIDS: The race was named for the filly Doubledogdare who won the 1955 Alcibiades giving the Claiborne Farm their first major stakes win at Keeneland.
Compiled by Gary Dougherty
Julien Leparoux will have the mount aboard the 5-year-old daughter of Hennessy, who will break from post 3.
Another who could be considered for favoritism is Cheyenne Stables' Mystical Star, runner-up by two lengths to In Lingerie in the Juddmonte Spinster Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland last fall. Trained by Christophe Clement, the 5-year-old Ghostzapper runner won the New York Stakes (gr. IIT) on turf last June at Belmont Park and comes off a third-place finish going 1 1/8 miles in the March 9 Hillsborough Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Tampa Bay Downs in her 2013 debut.
Jose Lezcano is in the irons on Mystical Star, who drew post 5.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Artemus Kitten seeks her first graded score following a win in the Jersey Lilly Stakes at Sam Houston March 2. The 5-year-old daughter of Kitten's Joy closed with a strong drive to register by 1 1/2 lengths going the Doubledogdare distance for trainer Mike Maker. That was her first victory since taking the Ellis Park Turf Stakes last July.
French-bred Minakshi makes her U.S. debut for Elevage Haras de Bourgeauville and trainer Michael Matz, while Alaura Michele seeks her first win for Siena Farms since the Nani Rose Stakes last summer at Saratoga Race Course. Iowa Oaks (gr. III) runner-up Ice Cream Silence looks to rebound off a seventh in the Inside Information (gr. II) March 17 at Gulfstream. Minor stakes winners Sisterhood and Lotta Lovin complete the field.
$100,000 Hillard Lyons Doubledogdare Stakes (gr. III, Race 9, approximate post 5:13 p.m. EDT), fillies & mares 4YOs & Up, 1 1/16 miles (all weather track)
PP, Horse, Jockey, Trainer
1. Artemus Kitten (KY), G.L. Stevens, M J Maker
2. Ice Cream Silence (KY), R. Napravnik, G R Arnold, II
3. Inglorious (ON), J.R. Leparoux, J Carroll
4. Alaura Michele (KY), C.J. Lanerie, D L Romans
5. Mystical Star (KY), J. Lezcano, C Clement
6. Sisterhood (KY), J. Rosario, W A Ward
7. Lotta Lovin (PA), A. Garcia, M J Maker
8. Minakshi (FR), J. Rocco, Jr., M R Matz
All starters carry 118 pounds
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