A long wait for the spring thaw and the return of top-level turf racing to Kentucky helped produce an extraordinarily tough group of 10 older fillies and mares for the $200,000 Jenny Wiley Stakes (gr. IIT) at Keeneland April 12. Grade I winners Precious Kitten, Rutherienne, and Bit of Whimsy and the last two Canadian Horse of the Year winners, Arravale and Sealy Hill, account for half of the field.
- Bay Filly
- Born 2004
Candy Ball broke sharply and led every step of the way in the $150,000 Bayou Breeders' Cup Handicap Feb. 23 at Fair Grounds, soundly defeating five rivals in the 1 1/8-mile test that was moved to the dirt.
A field of seven is entered for the Feb. 23 Bayou Handicap, a 1 1/8-mile turf test for older fillies and mares at Fair Grounds.
Dreaming of Anna, last year's champion 2-year-old filly, will try to make it two straight on grass as she heads Saturday's Regret Stakes (gr. IIIT) at 1 1/8 miles at Churchill Downs.
Closing from the rear of the field after the opening half-mile, Robert V. Hovelson's homebred Swingit proved a game winner when she bettered Luna Dorada by a head to win the $171,500 Edgewood for 3-year-old fillies on Friday at rainy Churchill Downs.
Swingit, a 15-1 outsider, rallied from last place Thursday at Keeneland to win the $125,000 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine Stakes.
|Trainer||Hal R. Wiggins|
|Jockey||Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.|
|Owner||Robert V. Hovelson|
|Breeder||Robert V. Hovelson|
|Swingit View Five-Cross Pedigree||Victory Gallop||Cryptoclearance|
|Free Ransom||Our Native|
|Pay the Ransom|
|Sale / Hip||Type||Buyer||Consignor||Price|
|Racing or broodmare prospect||Edwin Anthony||Three Chimneys Sales, agent||$85,000|
|Broodmare||Christina Welker-Spring Ridge||Denali Stud, agent||$50,000|