Two-time Defending Champion War Like Goddess Tops 25 Bewitch Nominations

April 16, 2023

War Like Goddess captures last year’s Bewitch, defending her title (Coady Photography)

Keeneland Press Release

LEXINGTON, Ky.— George Krikorian’s War Like Goddess, winner of the past two runnings of the Bewitch (G3), headlines a roster of 25 fillies and mares nominated to the 61st running of the $300,000 race to be contested over 1½ miles on the turf on April 28, closing day of the 15-day Spring Meet.

Trained by Bill Mott, War Like Goddess has earned more than $1.9 million while compiling a record of 13-9-1-2. In her final two races of 2022, she took on males and won the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (G1) at Belmont at the Big A and finished third in the Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) here in November.

Other marquee names among the nominations are Town and Country Racing’s Temple City Terror, winner of the Rood & Riddle Dowager (G3) here last fall for trainer Brendan Walsh; Chris Walsh’s California Angel, winner of the JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G2) here in 2021 for trainer George Leonard III; and the 1-2 finishers in the Orchid (G3) at Gulfstream Park on April 1 in Moyglare Stud Farm’s Amazing Grace (GER) for trainer Christophe Clement and Joseph Allen’s Personal Best for trainer Shug McGaughey.

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