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2022 Darley Alcibiades Stakes Contenders & Odds

Darley Alcibiades – Win and You’re In for the Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies

Fun and Feisty (Lucky Seven Stables), winner of the Pocahontas (G3) at Churchill Downs going 1 1/16 miles in her most recent start, and Wonder Wheel (D. J. Stables), runner-up in the Spinaway (G1) at Saratoga, headline a field of 14 2-year-old fillies entered for the 71st running of the $500,000 Darley Alcibiades Stakes (G1) on Friday, October 7 at Keeneland Racecourse.

The 1 1/16-mile main track test is a Breeders’ Cup Challenge race that offers the winner a fees-paid berth to the $2 million NetJets Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) to be run here Nov. 4. Four Darley Alcibiades winners have gone on to win the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies with the most recent being British Idiom in 2019.

The Darley Alcibiades serves as the centerpiece of Friday’s 10-race program that begins at 1 p.m. ET and kicks off the 17-day Fall Meet that runs through Saturday, Oct. 29. The Darley Alcibiades will go as the ninth race with a 5:16 p.m. post time.

Entry Horse ML Odds Jockey Trainer
1 Wonder Wheel 9-2 Tyler Gaffalione
122 Lbs
Mark Casse
2 Chop Chop 12-1 Joel Rosario
122 Lbs
Brad Cox
3 Stellar Lady 30-1 Brian Hernandez, Jr.
122 Lbs
Kenneth McPeek
4 Raging Sea 6-1 Jose Ortiz
122 Lbs
Chad Brown
5 Xigera 5-1 Joseph Talamo
122 Lbs
Philip Bauer
6 Mustang Lady 50-1 Rafael Bejarano
122 Lbs
Troy Newton
7 Essaouira 15-1 Irad Ortiz, Jr.
122 Lbs
H. Motion
8 Infinite Diamond 10-1 Florent Geroux
122 Lbs
Patrick Biancone
9 Fun and Feisty 7-2 Julien Leparoux
122 Lbs
Kenneth McPeek
10 Kaling 6-1 John Velazquez
122 Lbs
Todd Pletcher
11 Just Cindy 20-1 Luis Saez
122 Lbs
Eddie Kenneally
12 Take Charge Briana 15-1 Flavien Prat
122 Lbs
D. Lukas
13 Sabra Tuff 50-1 Paco Lopez
122 Lbs
Dallas Stewart
14 Boss Lady Bailey 50-1 Reylu Gutierrez
122 Lbs
John Ortiz

A winner of two of four starts, Fun and Feisty is trained by five-time Darley Alcibiades winner Kenny McPeek, whose most recent victory in the race came in 2020 with Simply Ravishing. Julien Leparoux, a two-time Darley Alcibiades winner, has the mount Friday and will exit from post position nine.

McPeek also will send out Kentucky Downs maiden winner Stellar Lady. Owned by Tommie Lewis, James Chambers, Craig Benoit and Magdalena Racing, Stellar Lady will break from post three and be ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr.

Wonder Wheel, a winner of two of three starts including the Debutante (L) at Churchill Downs in July, is trained by three-time Darley Alcibiades winner Mark Casse, whose most recent winner in the race was Heavenly Love in 2017. Tyler Gaffalione, who has been aboard for all of Wonder Wheel’s starts, has the call Friday from post position one.

Three other fillies that ran in the 7-furlong Spinaway are in the field Friday: third-place finisher Kaling, owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and trained by Todd Pletcher; Valene Farms’ Sabra Tuff, who finished fifth for trainer Dallas Stewart; and Clarkland Farm’s Just Cindy, who finished sixth for trainer Eddie Kenneally.

The field for the Darley Alcibiades, with riders from the rail out, is: Wonder Wheel (Gaffalione), Chop Chop (Joel Rosario), Stellar Lady (Hernandez Jr.), Raging Sea (Jose Ortiz), Xigera (Joe Talamo), Mustang Lady (Rafael Bejarano), Essaouira (Irad Ortiz Jr.), Infinite Diamond (Florent Geroux), Fun and Feisty (Leparoux), Kaling (John Velazquez), Just Cindy (Luis Saez), Take Charge Briana (Flavien Prat), Sabra Tuff (Paco Lopez), Boss Lady Bailey (Rey Gutierrez). All starters will carry 122 pounds. – US Legal Keeneland 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.

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