Keeneland’s card is full of top stakes action on Saturday’s opening day: The Madison, The Appalachian, The Shakertown and The Commonwealth

March 30, 2021

Bell’s the One and Corey Lanerie charge to victory in the Winning Colors Stakes for trainer Neil Pessin. (Coady Photography) 

LEXINGTON, Ky.—Lothenbach Stables’ Bell’s the One, winner of the Derby City Distaff (G1) and third in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1), headlines a field of seven fillies and mares entered Tuesday for the 20th running of the $300,000 Madison (G1) for fillies and mares going 7 furlongs on the main track.

The Madison, one of six graded stakes on Saturday’s 11-race program, will be run as the 10th race with a 6:02 p.m. post time. First post time Saturday is 1:05 p.m.

Trained by Neil Pessin, Bell’s the One will be making her 2021 debut in the Madison. Winner of the 2019 Raven Run (G2) here, Bell’s the One will be ridden by Corey Lanerie and break from post position four.

Also exiting the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint and making her 2021 debut is Sconsin, who finished a half-length behind Bell’s the One in the Breeders’ Cup. Owned by Lloyd Madison Farms IV and trained by Greg Foley, Sconsin will be ridden by James Graham and break from post position six.

Another Grade 1 winner in the field is Godolphin’s homebred Fair Maiden, winner of the La Brea in December at Santa Anita.

Trained by Eoin Harty, Fair Maiden was a troubled fourth in last fall’s Qatar Fort Springs here on the Breeders’ Cup undercard. Brian Hernandez Jr. has the mount and will break from post position seven.

Bell’s The One – 2020 Derby City Distaff Stakes (G1) Churchill Downs Kentucky Derby 2020

The field for the Madison, with riders and weights from the rail out, is: 

1. Sanenus (CHI) (Javier Castellano, 118 pounds) 

2. Estilo Talentoso (Jesus Castanon, 118),

3. Mundaye Call (Florent Geroux, 118) 

4. Bell’s the One (Lanerie, 120) 

5. Kimari (Joel Rosario, 118)

6. Sconsin (Graham, 118)

7. Fair Maiden (Hernandez, 123).

Plum Ali July 23, 2020 (NYRA/Coglianese)

Plum Ali headlines field of six for Appalachian presented by Japan Racing

Michael Dubb, Madaket Stables and Bethlehem Stables’ Plum Ali, last seen at Keeneland finishing fifth as the second choice in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1), tops a field of six 3-year-old fillies entered Tuesday for Saturday’s 33rd running of the $200,000 Appalachian (G2) Presented by Japan Racing Association going a mile on the turf.

The Appalachian will be the first of six graded stakes on Saturday afternoon’s 11-race program going as the sixth race with a 3:51 p.m. post time.

Trained by Christophe Clement, Plum Ali won her first three starts, including the Juvenile Fillies at Kentucky Downs and the Miss Grillo (G2) at Belmont, prior to the Breeders’ Cup. Joel Rosario has the mount Saturday and will break from post position four.

Expected to vie for favoritism is Starlight Racing’s Jouster, who is a nose away from being undefeated in three starts on turf. Runner-up in the Florida Oaks (G3) in her most recent start, the Todd Pletcher trainee will be ridden by Luis Saez and break from post position one.

Pletcher has won the Appalachian twice with Ocean Drive (2003) and Audacious Chloe (2007).

The field for the Appalachian, with riders and weights from the inside, is: 

1. Jouster (Saez, 118 pounds)

2. Spanish Loveaffair (Chris Landeros, 118)

3. Flown (James Graham 118)

4. Plum Ali (Rosario, 120)

5. Gift List (GB) (Javier Castellano, 118)

6. Saranya (Florent Geroux, 118).

Bound for Nowhere October 26, 2019 at Belmont Park (NYRA/Coglianese)

Past winners Imprimis and Bound for Nowhere return in the Shakertown

Wesley Ward’s Bound for Nowhere and Breeze Easy’s Imprimis, respective winners of the 2018 and 2019 runnings of the Shakertown (G2), headline a field of 13 3-year-olds and up entered Tuesday for Saturday’s 25th edition of the $200,000 race going 5½ furlongs on the grass.

The Shakertown will go as the eighth race on Saturday afternoon’s 11-race program with a 4:57 p.m. post time.

Also trained by Ward, Bound for Nowhere was caught late in the past two runnings of the Shakertown, finishing a neck behind Imprimis in 2019 when running second, and a neck behind Leinster and Totally Boss in last year’s running that was his most recent start. Joel Rosario has the mount and will break from post position 13.

Trained by Joe Orseno, Imprimis has a victory and a runner-up finish in his 2021 starts. He ended last season with a troubled trip in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1) here in which he finished 13th. Paco Lopez has the mount Saturday and will exit post position two.

Soaring Free (2004-2005) is the only two-time winner of the Shakertown.

The field for the Shakertown, with riders and weights from the inside, is: 

1. Smart Remark (Rafael Bejarano, 122 pounds)

2. Imprimis (Lopez, 124)

3. Chess Master (Jesus Castanon, 122)

4. Hollis (Gabriel Saez, 124)

5. Turned Aside (Chris Landeros, 124)

6. Readyforprimetime (Mitchell Murrill, 122)

7. Kanthaka (Javier Castellano, 122)

8. American Butterfly (Drayden Van Dyke, 122)

9. Just Might (Colby Hernandez, 122)

10. Johnny Unleashed (Gerardo Corrales, 122)

11. High Crime (Julien Leparoux, 122)

12. The Critical Way (Luis Saez, 124)

13. Bound for Nowhere (Rosario, 122).

Hog Creek Hustle winning the Woody Stephens over Nitrous by a neck at Belmont, June 8, 2019. (Viola Jasko)

Hog Creek Hustle heads field of seven for Commonwealth

Something Special Racing’s Grade 1 winner Hog Creek Hustle heads a field of seven 4-year-olds and up entered Tuesday for Saturday’s 34th running of the $200,000 Commonwealth (G3) at 7 furlongs on the main track.

The Commonwealth will go as the seventh race on Saturday afternoon’s 11-race program with a 4:24 p.m. post time.

Trained by Vickie Foley, Hog Creek Hustle took the Woody Stephens (G1) in 2019 and has started in the past two runnings of the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1). Corey Lanerie has the mount Saturday and will break from post position seven.

Chief among the rivals to Hog Creek Hustle is Lane’s End Racing and Hronis Racing’s multiple graded stakes-placed Flagstaff.

Trained by John Sadler, Flagstaff comes into the Commonwealth off a third-place finish in the Hot Springs (L) at Oaklawn Park on March 13 in which he trailed C Z Rocket and Whitmore, the top two finishers here last fall in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint. Joel Rosario has the mount and will break from post one.

The field for the Commonwealth, with riders and weights from the rail out, is: 

1. Flagstaff (Joel Rosario, 118 pounds)

2. Hidden Scroll (Florent Geroux, 118)

3. Bango (Rafael Bejarano, 118)

4. Special Reserve (Gerardo Corrales, 118)

5. Attachment Rate (Luis Saez, 118)

6. Hog Creek Hustle (Lanerie, 118)

Keeneland Press Release

Photo: Bells the One, (Coady), Plum Ali, (NYRA/Coglianese), Bound for Nowhere, (NYRA/Coglianese) and Hog Creek Hustle, (Viola Jasko)

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