By Amy Owens —-
LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 5, 2017) – Juddmonte Farms’ homebred Lockdown will take on her elders for the first time when she headlines a field of 13 fillies and mares entered Thursday for Sunday’s 62nd running of the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1).
Run at 1 1/8 miles on the main track, the Juddmonte Spinster is a “Win and You’re In” race for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) to be run Nov. 3 at Del Mar.
The Juddmonte Spinster goes as the ninth race on the 10-race program with a 5:45 p.m. ET post time. First post Sunday is 1:05 p.m.
Trained by two-time Juddmonte Spinster winner Bill Mott, Lockdown comes into Sunday’s race off a third-place finish in the Cotillion (G1) at Parx on Sept. 23. Winner of the Busanda in January at Aqueduct, Lockdown finished third in the Kentucky Oaks (G1) and was runner-up in the Gazelle (G2) and Mother Goose (G2).
Jose Lezcano has the mount on Lockdown and will break from post position six.
Chief rivals to Lockdown include Bar of Gold and the top four finishers from last month’s Locust Grove (G3) at Churchill Downs: Romantic Vision, Blue Prize (ARG), Tiger Moth and Mo d’Amour.
Mary and Chester Broman Sr.’s Bar of Gold comes into the Juddmonte Spinster off a runner-up finish in the Presque Isle Downs Masters (G2) on Sept. 18. Trained by John Kimmel, Bar of Gold finished second in the 2015 Raven Run (G2) in her lone Keeneland start. Luis Saez has the mount and will break from post position eight.
G. Watts Humphrey Jr.’s Romantic Vision, a winner of two races in three Keeneland starts, posted her first graded stakes win in the Locust Grove. Trained by Rusty Arnold, Romantic Vision will break from post position 11 and be ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr.
Merriebelle Stable’s Blue Prize, a Group 1 winner in South America, never has been worse than second in eight career starts. Trained by Ignacio Correas IV, Blue Prize will be ridden by James Graham and break from post 10.
John Gunther’s homebred Tiger Moth won the Groupie Doll (G3) at Ellis Park this summer prior to her run in the Locust Grove. Trained by Brad Cox, Tiger Moth will break from post position five under Corey Lanerie.
WinStar Farm’s multiple graded stakes-placed Mo d’Amour will be making her fourth start for trainer Rodolphe Brisset. Julien Leparoux has the call on Mo d’Amour and will break from post 13.
The field for the Juddmonte Spinster, with riders and weights, is: Martini Glass (Paco Lopez, 124 pounds), Katalust (Ricardo Feliciano, 124), You Know Too (Alex Cintron, 121), Duchess of Duke (Luis Colon, 124), Tiger Moth (Lanerie, 124), Lockdown (Lezcano, 121), Turkish Tabby (Robby Albarado, 124), Bar of Gold (Saez, 124), Factory of Faith (C.J. McMahon, 124), Blue Prize (ARG) (Graham, 124), Romantic Vision (Hernandez Jr., 124), A Place to Shine (Alex Jimenez, 124) and Mo d’Amour (Leparoux, 124).
On Sunday, NBC Sports Network will broadcast the Juddmonte Spinster and $250,000 Dixiana Bourbon (G3) from 5-6 p.m. ET.
For more than 80 years, the Keeneland Association has devoted itself to the health and vibrancy of the Thoroughbred industry. As the world’s largest Thoroughbred auction company, Keeneland conducts sales every January, September and November. Its sales graduates dominate racing across the globe at every level. In April and October, Keeneland offers some of the highest caliber and richest Thoroughbred racing in the world. In 2015, Keeneland hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Uniquely structured, Keeneland is a private, for-profit corporation that returns its earnings to the industry and the community in the form of higher purses, and it has donated millions of dollars in charitable contributions for education, research and health and human services throughout Central Kentucky. To learn more about Keeneland, visit Keeneland.com.