Multiple graded stakes winner Paulassilverlining will make her debut for new owner Juddmonte Farms on Saturday when she faces eight rivals in the 16th running of the $ 300,000 Madison (G1) for fillies and mares.
The 7-furlong Madison will go as the eighth race on Saturday’s 11-race program at Keeneland, with a 5:03 p.m. ET post time. First post Saturday is 1:05 p.m.
Now trained by Chad Brown, Paulassilverlining won four stakes in 2016 with the highlight coming in the Gallant Bloom (G2). She was third in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) at Santa Anita last year.
Jose Ortiz will have the mount on Paulassilverlining and break from post position six.
Other top contenders in the Madison include LNJ Foxwoods’ Constellation, winner of the La Brea (G1) at Santa Anita last Dec. 26, Cheyenne Stables’ Clothes Fall Off, a two-time winner of the Correction at Aqueduct, and High Ridge Road, winner of the Barbara Fritchie (G2) at Laurel in her most recent start.
The field for the Madison, from the rail out, is: Paid Up Subscriber (Joel Rosario, 118 pounds), Clothes Fall Off (Julien Leparoux, 120), Kathballu (Channing Hill, 120), Constellation (David Flores, 123), High Ridge Road (Horacio Karamanos, 120), Paulassilverlining (Ortiz, 118), Wheatfield (Edgar Prado, 118), Ponder Lea (Florent Geroux, 118) and Mines and Magic (Robby Albarado, 118).
Green Lantern Stables’ A. P. Indian and Katherine Ball’s Limousine Liberal, who finished a nose apart in last fall’s 6-furlong Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G2) at Keeneland, will hook up again Saturday along with seven other runners in the 31st running of the $ 250,000 Commonwealth (G3).
The Commonwealth, run at 7 furlongs on the main track, is the first of five graded stakes on Saturday’s 11-race program and will go as the sixth race with a 3:53 p.m. ET post time.
Now 7, A. P. Indian had two Grade 1 victories among his six victories in 2016 that ended with a third-place result in the TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) at Santa Anita.
Trained by Arnaud Delacour, A. P. Indian will be ridden Saturday by Joe Bravo and break from post position eight.
Limousine Liberal, unraced since being placed fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, is trained by Ben Colebrook. Holder of the track record at 6 ½ furlongs, Limousine Liberal will be ridden by Jose Ortiz and break from post position three.
Back to defend his title in the Commonwealth is Ivan Dalos’ Ami’s Flatter.
Trained by Josie Carroll, Ami’s Flatter will attempt to join Black Tie Affair (IRE) (1990-1991) as the only repeat winner of the race. Second in the Challenger at Tampa Bay Downs in his most recent start, Ami’s Flatter will break from post position seven and be ridden by Florent Geroux.
The field for the Commonwealth, from the rail out, is: Tale of S’avall (Tyler Gaffalione, 118 pounds), Fish Trappe Road (Julien Leparoux, 118), Limousine Liberal (Ortiz, 118), Yockey’s Warrior (Miguel Mena, 118), Redesdale (Robby Albarado, 118), Riding in the Wind (Marco Ccamaque, 118), Ami’s Flatter (Geroux, 118), A. P. Indian (Bravo, 120) and Awesome Slew (Joel Rosario, 118).
Mongolian Stable’s Mongolian Saturday, winner of the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1) at Keeneland as well as last fall’s Woodford (G3) here, headlines a field of nine grass sprinters entered Tuesday for Saturday’s 21st running of the $ 200,000 Shakertown (G2).
The Shakertown will go as the seventh race on Saturday’s 11-race program with a 4:28 p.m. ET post time.
Trained by Enebish Ganbat, Mongolian Saturday finished third in the Silks Run at Gulfstream Park on March 11 in his most recent race. He will break from post position six and be ridden by Jose Lezcano.
Another horse with Keeneland success in the Shakertown field is RGH Bloodstock, Inc. and Dan Gale’s Shakhimat.
Trained by Roger Attfield, Shakhimat won last year’s Transylvania (G3) and will be making his first start since finishing fifth in the Queen’s Plate last July at Woodbine in July. Julien Leparoux will have the mount on Shakhimat and break from post position nine.
The field for the Shakertown, from the inside, is: Holding Gold (Joel Rosario, 120 pounds), Rainbow Heir (Trevor McCarthy, 120), Green Mask (Robby Albarado, 120), Justin Squared (Jose Valdivia Jr., 120), Element (Brian Hernandez Jr., 120), Mongolian Saturday (Lezcano, 122), Hogy (Florent Geroux, 120), Partly Mocha (Jose Ortiz, 120) and Shakhimat (Leparoux, 120).
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