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2022 Ben Ali Stakes Entries & Odds at Keeneland

Two-time Canadian Horse of the Year Mighty Heart Heads G3 Ben Ali

Two-time Canadian Horse of the Year Mighty Heart, the multiple graded stakes-placed Proxy and Santa Anita Handicap (G1) runner-up Warrant headline a field of eight entered Wednesday for Saturday’s 91st running of the Ben Ali Stakes (G3) for 4-year-olds and up at Keeneland Racecourse.

The Ben Ali, run at 1 1/8 miles on the main track, will be run as the eighth race on Saturday’s 10-race program with a 4:44 p.m. ET post time. First post Saturday is 1 p.m.

Entry Horse ML Odds Jockey Trainer
1 Cowboy Diplomacy 20-1 Colby Hernandez
118 Lbs
Brendan Walsh
2 Mighty Heart 9-2 James Graham
120 Lbs
Josie Carroll
3 Proxy 7-2 Brian Hernandez, Jr.
118 Lbs
Michael Stidham
4 Dynamic One 4-1 Irad Ortiz, Jr.
118 Lbs
Todd Pletcher
5 Warrant 2-1 Flavien Prat
118 Lbs
Brad Cox
6 Tartufo 20-1 Rafael Bejarano
118 Lbs
Carlo Vaccarezza
7 Scalding 5-1 Javier Castellano
118 Lbs
Claude McGaughey III
8 Title Ready 8-1 John Velazquez
118 Lbs
Dallas Stewart

Lawrence Cordes’ homebred Mighty Heart will be making his 2022 debut for trainer Josie Carroll. Winner of three stakes in 2021 and a four-time Sovereign Award winner, Mighty Heart has had six works since returning from a short layoff. His two most recent works were at Keeneland.

James Graham has the mount Saturday and will leave from post position two.

Godolphin’s homebred Proxy returned to the races following a 10½-month layoff with an allowance victory at Fair Grounds, which was followed by a runner-up effort to Olympiad in the New Orleans Classic (G2) on March 26.

Trained by Mike Stidham, Proxy chased the likes of Hot Rod Charlie, Mandaloun and Midnight Bourbon on the Kentucky Derby trail before a fourth-place finish in the Stonestreet Lexington (G3) in his final start of 2021.

Brian Hernandez Jr., who has been aboard Proxy for his two starts this year, has the call Saturday and will break from post position three.

Twin Creeks Racing Stable’s Warrant, beaten a head by Express Train in the Big Cap in his most recent start, closed his 2021 campaign with a victory in the Oklahoma Derby (G3). Trained by Brad Cox, Warrant will be ridden by Flavien Prat from post position five.

The field for the Ben Ali, with riders and weights from the rail, is: Cowboy Diplomacy (Colby Hernandez, 118 pounds), Mighty Heart (Graham, 120), Proxy (Hernandez Jr., 118), Dynamic One (Irad Ortiz Jr., 118), Warrant (Prat, 118), Tartufo (Rafael Bejarano, 118), Scalding (Javier Castellano, 118) and Title Ready (John Velazquez, 118). – US Legal Keeneland online OTB is a great way to bet horse racing at Keeneland Racecourse. Available to customers across the United States, OTB features both Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing from major racing venues in the US as well as top international racing from Europe, Japan, Australia and Hong Kong.

Grade 3 Ben Ali Attracts 25 Nominations

April 13 – Twin Creeks Racing Stable’s Warrant, runner-up in the recent Santa Anita Handicap (G1), tops a deep roster of 25 horses nominated to the 91st running of the $300,000 Ben Ali (G3).

The 1 1/8-mile main track test will be run Saturday, April 23 with entries taken Wednesday, April 20.

In addition to Warrant among the Ben Ali nominees, Brad Cox also trains Juddmonte’s Fulsome, a multiple Grade 3 winner who took the Oaklawn Mile (G3) in his 2022 debut.

Two-time Ben Ali-winning trainer Todd Pletcher has four nominees, including Grade 1 winner Happy Saver owned by Wertheimer and Frere.

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