Snapshot of Sunday’s Stakes Trio at Kentucky downs

September 12, 2020

English Affair floated over the soft turf at Ellis Park. She runs in Sunday’s TVG Stakes at Kentucky Downs.

FRANKLIN, Ky. (Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020) — Fillies and mares will be in the spotlight Sunday, with three stakes headlining the penultimate card of the RUNHAPPY at Kentucky Downs meet. The $400,000 Untapable Stakes for 2-year-old filly sprinters and $400,000 Music City Stakes for 3-year-old filly sprinters are new this year, with the $500,000 TVG Stakes at 1 5/16 miles in its 10th running.
Here’s a look at the stakes:

$500,000 TVG Stakes for fillies and mares at 1 5/16 miles (race 9, 4:32 p.m. Central) — Mrs. Sippy is the even-money favorite in the field of six as she makes her second start of her 5-year-old season, having been second in Saratoga’s Grade 3 Waya Stakes at 1 1/2 miles by a neck. A Grade 2 winner last year, Mrs. Sippy also was a close second in Belmont’s Grade 1 Flower Bowl to top mare Sister Charlie.
Michael Dickinson ships in from Maryland with 5-2 second choice Theodora B., front-running winner of Woodbine’s Grade 2 Dance Smartly in her last start. She’s also run well over courses with some give in the ground so anticipated overnight rain shouldn’t be an issue.

Trainer Rusty Arnold scratched English Affair, winner of Ellis Park’s Kentucky Downs Preview Ladies Turf in a bog, out of Saturday’s $500,000 English Channel Ladies Turf in hopes of getting softer turf and also the longer distance. Rounding out the field California invader Siberian Iris, Over Thinking and Delta’s Kingdom.
Here’s the field in post position order (with jockey, trainer and odds): Delta’s Kingdom (Florent Geroux/Bill Mott 20-1), Theodora B. (Irad Ortiz/Michael Dickinson 5-2), Mrs. Sippy (Joel Rosario/Graham Motion even), English Affair (Rafael Bejarano/Rusty Arnold 7-2), Siberian Iris (Flavien Prat/Richard Mandella 12-1), Over Thinking (Luis Saez/Victoria Oliver 8-1).

$400,000 Untapable for 2-year-old fillies at 6 1/2 furlongs (race 10, 5:04 p.m. Central) — The Wesley Ward-trained Red Ghost is the 3-1 favorite in the field of 11 off winning her debut by 8 1/2 lengths at Saratoga in a race taken off the turf.
Mad Maddy certainly has an experience edge, with four seconds in four maiden races, the last two on turf at Saratoga. The daughter of 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah is trained by Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen for Ron Winchell, co-owner of Kentucky Downs and whose Winchell Thoroughbreds bred and campaigned champion Untapable, the 2014 Kentucky Oaks and Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner for whom the stakes is named.

Other contenders include Ellis Park debut winners La Libertee, Lady Edith, Emro and Lady Goldstart; out-of-state invaders Taylor’s Tourist (Louisiana), Fouzia (Florida), Kewpie Doll (Maryland), Becca’s Bouquet (Texas). Taylor’s Tourist is an interesting horse at 12-1 odds in the morning line, coming in off a 9 3/4-length win at Evangeline Downs. And while that’s considered the comparative minor leagues to Kentucky, New York and California, her speed figures for that performance put her in the thick of things should she take to the grass. Mike Maker, Kentucky Downs’ all-time win leader, will saddle Herald Angel, who was second in a New York-bred maiden race at Saratoga. The fact that he didn’t keep the filly in New York with his Belmont Park division is telling. 

Here’s the field in post position order (with jockey, trainer and odds): Lady Goldstart (Chris Landeros/Ian Wilkes 8-1), Taylor’s Tourist (Florent Geroux/Scott Geiner 12-1), Red Ghost (Jose Ortiz/Wesley Ward 3-1), Becca’s Bouquet (Robby Albarado/Scott Geiner 20-1), Herald Angel (Irad Ortiz/Mike Maker 12-1), Kewpie Doll (Tyler Gaffalione, Cathal Lynch 20-1), Fouzia (Julien Leparoux/Saffie Joseph Jr. 20-1), Lady Edith (Colby Hernandez/Tommy Drury 6-1), Mad Maddy (Ricardo Santana/Steve Asmussen 8-1), La Libertee (Adam Beschizza/Mark Casse 9-2), Emro (Shaun Bridgmohan/Brad Cox 6-1). 

$400,000 Music City for at 6 1/2 furlongs (11th race, 5:36 p.m. Central): Kimari, scratched out of Saturday’s $500,000, Grade 3 Real Solution Ladies Sprint, is the 3-1 favorite, with trainer Wesley Ward also entering her in Wednesday’s closing-day feature, the $500,000, Grade 3 Franklin-Simpson against males. In two starts this year, Kimari won Oaklawn Park’s Purple Martin in the slop then was a rallying second after being left at the start in Royal Ascot’s Group 1 Commonwealth Cup in England. Kimari was one of the top 2-year-old turf sprinters of either sex. 

Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Finite, who stamped herself as one of the best of her generation over the winter, comes in off almost a six-month layoff following the surgical removal of a bone chip after a fourth-place finish in the Grade 2 Fair Grounds Oaks. After winning a Kentucky Downs maiden race a year ago in her only start on turf, Finite reeled off four stakes victories on dirt, capped by the Grade 2 Rachel Alexandra in New Orleans. 
The Shug McGaughey-trained Enola Gay, winner of Keeneland’s Grade 2 Appalachian at a mile before finishing fifth in the 1 3/16-mile Saratoga Oaks, shortens back to sprinting over the course where she won her debut last year. She’s My Type, trained by Christophe Clement, won Saratoga’s $100,000 Coronation Cup in her last start and never runs a bad race.

Santa Anita stakes-winner She’s So Special and Lighthouse ship in from California. Other contenders include Grade 3 Florida Oaks winner Outburst, Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Oaks runner-up Lucrezia and stakes-winners Miss J McKay and She’s So Special. Mom’s Red Lipstick, Fashionable Lady, Poseidon’s Passion and Lucky Jingle were early scratches.

Here’s the field in post position order (with jockey, trainer and odds): Lucrezia (James Graham/Arnaud Delacour 12-1), Outburst (Florent Geroux/Eddie Kenneally 20-1), Bredenbury (Luis Saez/Graham Motion 12-1), Enola Gay (Julien Leparoux/Shug McGaughey 9-2), She’s My Type (Joel Rosario/Christophe Clement 5-1), She’s So Special (Flavien Prat/Peter Miller 12-1), Finite (Jose Ortiz/Steve Asmussen 8-1), Lighthouse (Umberto Rispoli/Simon Callaghan 8-1), Kimari (Irad Ortiz/Wesley Ward 3-1), Miss J McKay (Tyler Gaffalione/Cathal Lynch 10-1), Hear My Prayer (Rafael Bejarano/David Fisher 30-1), Evil Lyn (Shaun Bridgmohan/Mike Maker 20-1).

Photo Credit: Coady Photography

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