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2023 Jenny Wiley Contenders at Keeneland

Chad Brown Looking For Sixth Jenny Wiley Victory

Peter Brant’s In Italian (GB), winner of last fall’s First Lady (G1) here and then runner-up in the Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1), and his Speak of the Devil (FR), winner of the Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (G2), headline a field of nine fillies and mares entered Wednesday for the 35th running of the $600,000 Jenny Wiley Stakes (G1) on Saturday, April 15 at Keeneland.

The 1 1/16-mile grass test is scheduled as the 10th race on Saturday’s 11-race program with a 5:48 p.m. ET post time. First post Saturday is 1 p.m.

Entry Horse ML Odds Jockey Trainer
1 Pizza Bianca 20-1 Jose Ortiz
123 Lbs
Christophe Clement
2 In Italian (GB) 7-5 Irad Ortiz, Jr.
123 Lbs
Chad Brown
3 Queen Goddess 4-1 Luis Saez
123 Lbs
Michael McCarthy
4 Speak of the Devil (FR) 10-1 Flavien Prat
123 Lbs
Chad Brown
5 With The Moonlight (IRE) 5-2 William Buick
123 Lbs
Charles Appleby
6 Skims (GB) 20-1 John Velazquez
123 Lbs
Claude McGaughey III
7 Henrietta Topham 30-1 Brian Hernandez, Jr.
123 Lbs
Geoff Mulcahy
8 Freedom Speaks 20-1 Reylu Gutierrez
123 Lbs
Darien Rodriguez
9 White Frost 8-1 Lanfranco Dettori
123 Lbs
William Mott

In Italian and Speak of the Devil both are trained by Chad Brown, who won last year’s race with Brant’s eventual champion Regal Glory. Brown has won four of the past five renewals of the Jenny Wiley and five overall beginning with Ball Dancingin 2015. His other winners were Brant’s champion Sistercharlie (IRE) in 2018 and champion Rushing Fall in 2019 and 2020.

Irad Ortiz Jr. has the mount on In Italian and will break from post position two in her 2023 debut.

Speak of the Devil, fifth in the Honey Fox (G3) in her 2023 debut last month, will exit post position four under Flavien Prat.

Two other Grade 1 winners are in the field: Bobby Flay’s Pizza Bianca and Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Gary Barber’s Queen Goddess.

Trained by Christophe Clement, Pizza Bianca will be making her initial start of 2023. Pizza Bianca won the 2021 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) at Del Mar and will be ridden Saturday by Jose Ortiz. They will break from post position one.

Queen Goddess, trained by Michael McCarthy, invades from California with four graded stakes victories on a resume highlighted by the 2021 American Oaks (G1) at Santa Anita. Winner of the TAA Pegasus World Cup Filly and Mare Turf Invitational (G3) Presented by Pepsi in her most recent start, Queen Goddess will exit post position three and be ridden by Luis Saez.

Adding an international flavor to the race is Godolphin’s With The Moonlight (IRE).

Trained by Charlie Appleby, With The Moonlight is a two-time Group 2 winner in Dubai this year. Last year, she won the Saratoga Oaks Invitational (G3) and was runner-up in the Belmont Oaks Invitational (G1) and Lake Placid (G2).

William Buick has the mount and will break from post position five.

Pre-Draw News

Jenny Wiley Nominations Include Six Grade 1 Winners

April 3 – Peter Brant’s In Italian (GB), a two-time Grade 1 winner and runner-up here last fall in the Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1), headlines a star-studded roster of 21 fillies and mares nominated to the 35th running of the $600,000 Jenny Wiley Stakes (G1) going 1 1/16 miles on the turf on Saturday, April 15 at Keeneland Racecourse.

Trained by Chad Brown, In Italian won the First Lady (G1) Presented by UK HealthCare here last fall prior to her narrow defeat in the Breeders’ Cup.

In total, Brown has five runners nominated to the Jenny Wiley, which he has won five times including last year with eventual champion Regal Glory. Other Brown runners include Michael Dubb, Madaket Stables and Robert LaPenta’s Shantisara (IRE), winner of the 2021 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) Presented by Dixiana (G1) at Keeneland, Klaravich Stables’ Faith in Humanity (FR) and Technical Analysis (IRE) and Peter Brant’s Speak of the Devil (FR).

Other Grade or Group 1 winners nominated to the Jenny Wiley are Merriebelle Stable’s Didia (ARG), trained by Ignacio Correas IV; Bobby Flay’s Pizza Bianca, trained by Christophe Clement; Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Gary Barber’s Queen Goddess, trained by Michael McCarthy; and Gainesway Stable’s Spendarella, trained by Graham Motion.

In addition to the Jenny Wiley and the Maker’s Mark Mile, five other stakes will be run during the second weekend of the Spring Meet.

Saturday, April 15 races. Entries taken Wednesday, April 12.

$600,000 JENNY WILEY (G1) – Didia (ARG) (Ignacio Correas IV), In Italian (GB) (Brown), With The Moonlight (IRE) (Appleby). Possible: New Year’s Eve (Brendan Walsh). – US Legal Keeneland Racecourse online OTB is a great way to bet horse racing on your computer or on your phone. 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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