Review of First Lady Stakes, Grade I on Turf, at Keenland on October 6

Race 8. First Lady Stakes, Grade I on Turf. For three-year-old fillies and mares at 1 mile on turf. Purse $400,000.

The First Lady Stakes is a “Win and You’re In” race for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (Grade I) on November 3 at Churchill Downs.

Entries:

PP Filly /Mare Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Insta Erma Tyler Gaffalione Richard Baltas 20/1
2 A Raving Beauty John R. Velazquez Chad Brown 3/1
3 Quidura Javier Castellano Chad Brown 2/1
4 Crown Walk Mike E. Smith Henri-Alex Pantall 4/1
5 Indian Blessing Feargal Lynch Ed Walker 12/1
6 One Liz Mitchell Murrill Wayne Catalano 50/1
7 Dona Bruja Declan Cannon Ignacio Correas, IV 6/1
8 Valadorna Florent Geroux Mark Casse 20/1
9 La Sardane Luis Saez Neil Drysdale 15/1
10 Off Limits Julien Leparoux Chad Brown 6/1

 

A Raving Beauty won her first two starts Belmont in the spring but was winless in a pair of tries at Saratoga. She won the Just a Game (Grade I) in June at Belmont She ran fourth place in her last race the Ballston Spa (Grade II). She showed little in that race turning for home. She will be making her first start over the Keeneland lawn. This could be her race win to win if the pace is solid.

Quidura went gate -to- wire in the Ballston Spa. She is a multiple graded stakes winner, she won the Valley View (Grade III) at Keeneland in 2016 and in 2017 finished third in the Jenny Wiley (Grade I).She appears to be controlling speed and has shown an affinity for this course with a win and a third in two starts over the Keeneland grass. She should be part of the pace setters.

Off Limits has a strong late kick when she gets a favorable race pace. She has just one top three finish in four starts in 2018.She was third in the Jenny Wiley here this spring, won the Matriarch (Grade I) to close her 2017 campaign. She will be closing ground down the lane.

Crown Walk ran second in the Prix Rothschild (Grade I) at Deauville on July 29th. She will be making in her North American debut.

Dona Bruja has failed to hit the board in her two starts at Keeneland. She ran last in the Beverly D (Grade I). She ran third in Endeavour Stakes (Grade III) at Tampa in February. She might earn a spot on the board.

La Sardana takes on Grade 1 company for the first time. for Hall of Famer Neil Drysdale. She ran fifth in the Play the King Stakes (G2) at Woodbine on August 25th after a two-month rest. She has a chance to finish in tip three. She should be part of the pace setters.

Our Top Three Picks:

  • A Raving Beauty
  • Crown Walk
  • Quidura

 

 

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