Keeneland Sale’s Grads Dominate Field for Wednesday’s G2 Jessamine Stakes

(Trainer Brad Cox will saddle Jezebel’s Kitten for Wednesday’s G2 Jessamine Stakes / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

From the Keeneland Media Team:

Keeneland sales are represented by eight alumni in Wednesday’s JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G2) at Keeneland, led by undefeated Jezebel’s Kitten, winner of the Exacta System’s Juvenile Turf Fillies at Kentucky Downs in her last start.

The JPMorgan Chase Jessamine is the final Breeders’ Cup Challenge race of the year. The winner will receive a fees-paid berth into the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) to be run Nov. 1 at Santa Anita.


JPMORGAN CHASE JESSAMINE S. (G2), Keeneland, 1 1/16 Miles (T), 2YO Fillies

MORNING GOLD, 2YO filly by Morning Line – Woodford County ($29,000 RNA, 2018 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Eaton Sales, agent) O- C & H Diamond Racing; B- Athens Woods (KY); T- Kenny McPeek

ENVIED, 2YO filly by American Pharoah – Halljoy (IRE) ($335,000 RNA, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Ballysax Bloodstock, agent) O/B- HnR Nothhaft Horse Racing (KY); T- Ben Colebrook

FUJAIRAH, 2YO filly by Ghostzapper – Front and Center ($140,000 RNA, 2017 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Eaton Sales, agent; $110,000 RNA, 2018 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Eaton Sales, agent) O- Three Rivers Stable; B- St. George Farm (KY); T- Carlos David

INDOCHINE, 2YO filly by War Front – Fascinating ($470,000 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- White Birch Farm) O- Peter Brant; B- Lunsford & Sikura Racing (KY); T- Chad Brown

JEZEBEL’S KITTEN, 2YO filly by Kitten’s Joy – Truc’s Love ($40,000, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- Angelantonio Freda) O- Ilium Stables; B- Ken & Sarah Ramsey (KY); T- Brad Cox

SWEET MELANIA, 2YO filly by American Pharoah – Sweet N Discreet ($600,000, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Gainesway, agent; Buyer- West Bloodstock) O- Robert & Lawana Low; B- St. Elias Stables (KY); T- Todd Pletcher

TAKEITBACK, 2YO filly by Pioneerof the Nile – Flowing ($190,000, 2019 April 2YO in Training & HRA; Consignor- Wavertree Stables, agent; Buyer- James McIngvale) O- James McIngvale; B- Calumet Farm (KY); T- Laura Wohlers

ASK BAILEY, 2YO filly by Run Away and Hide – Puype’s Dream ($72,000, 2017 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Darby Dan Farm, agent, Buyer- Jeffrey Bloom, agent; $100,000, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hidden Brook, agent, Buyer- Randy Miles) O- WSS Racing & Hooties Racing; B- Joseph Alexander Jr. & Mark Alexander (KY); T- Michael Maker

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds

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