Marketing Mix, runner-up to Irish star Together-IRE in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup (Grade I) at Keeneland, heads a competitive field of 12 3-year-old fillies in Saturday’s 21st running of the Mrs Revere (GII) at 1 1/16 miles on Churchill Downs’ Matt Winn Turf Course.
The race is named for Mrs. Revere, a versatile filly and four-time stakes winner at Churchill Downs in the mid-1980’s trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott and owners Dr. Hiram Polk and Dr. David Richardson. Each year Polk and Richardson provide the winner’s trophy for the Mrs. Revere and present it to the owner of the winning filly.
The race, which is one of the year’s final opportunities for 3-year-old turf fillies to compete in stakes company exclusively against members of their age group, is scheduled to be the ninth race on Saturday’s 10-race card. First post time is 12:40 p.m. (all times EST) with the Mrs. Revere scheduled for 4:37 p.m.
Owned by Glen Hill Farm and trained by Tom Proctor, Marketing Mix captured Arlington Park’s Pucker Up (GIII) at 1 1/8 miles on turf prior to strong effort in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup. A 3-year-old Canadian-bred daughter of Medaglia d’Oro, Marketing Mix also won the Wonder Where at Woodbine in July. She will break from post 10 under leading rider Julien Leparoux, who took the Mrs. Revere aboard Acoma in 2008.
Five other graded stakes winners will face Marketing Mix in the Mrs. Revere, including Hungry Island, Smart Sting, Bizzy Caroline, Groupie Doll and New Normal.
Emory Hamilton’s Hungry Island is the lone Grade II winner in the field and will enter the Mrs. Revere off a fourth-place finish to Winter Memories in the Garden City (GI) at Belmont Park. The Shug McGaughey-trained Hungry Island recorded four straight wins this year, capped off by the Lake Placid (GII) at Saratoga in August. She will break from the rail under Corey Nakatani.
Stronach Stables’ Smart Sting is coming into the Mrs. Revere off a 3 ½-length victory in the Selene (GIII) at Woodbine where she defeated Inglorious, winner of this year’s Queen’s Plate. Smart Sting, who will break from post six under John Velazquez, is trained by Roger Attfield, who was most recently seen in the winner’s circle at Churchill Downs with Perfect Shirl, upset winner of the Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (GI) this past Friday.
Catesby Clay’s Bizzy Caroline is two-for-two over the Matt Winn Turf Course, including a victory in the Regret (GIII). Trained by Ken McPeek, Bizzy Caroline will enter the Mrs. Revere off a runner-up effort as the 8-5 favorite in the Valley View (GIII) at Keeneland. Bizzy Caroline drew post two and will be ridden by Manny Cruz.
Fred and Buff Bradley’s homebred Groupie Doll, a narrow second to Great Hot-BRZ in the Lexus Raven Run (GII) over the synthetic Polytrack surface at Keeneland, will break from post three under Greta Kuntzweiler. A 3-year-old daughter of Bowman’s Band, Groupie Doll defeated older rivals in the Gardenia (GIII) on the main track at Ellis Park in August.
R. S. Evans’ New Normal will be making her first start in the Mrs. Revere since winning the Alywow on the turf at Woodbine in June. Trained by Mark Frostad, New Normal captured the Natalma (GIII) at Woodbine as a 2-year-old. She will break from post nine under Robby Albarado, who won the Mrs. Revere aboard My Typhoon-IRE in 2005.
The field for the Mrs. Revere, from the rail out, is as follows: Hungry Island (Nakatani, 120 pounds), Bizzy Caroline (Cruz, 118), Groupie Doll (Kuntzweiler, 118), Holidaysatthefarm (Freddie Lenclud, 118), Sea Level Drive (James Graham, 118), Smart Sting (Velazquez, 118), Don’t Tell Sophia (Jesus Castanon, 118), Trac N Jam (Leandro Goncalves, 118) New Normal (Albarado, 118), Marketing Mix (Leparoux, 118), Tourmaline (Dean Butler, 118) and Louvakhova (Corey Lanerie, 118).