A full field of 12 up-and-coming 3-year-old fillies, led by trainer Chad Brown’s East Coast-invader Stella di Camelot (IRE), are poised to tackle Friday’s 28th running of the $200,000 Mrs. Revere (GII), a 1 1/16-mile journey on the Matt Winn Turf Course.
The Mrs. Revere is the precursor to the track’s traditional “Black Friday” feature, the $500,000 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (GI). Friday’s first race is 1 p.m. (all times Eastern) with the Mrs. Revere set as Race 10 at 5:27 p.m. and the Clark as Race 11 at 5:56 p.m. The final race of the day is scheduled for 6:24 p.m.
Owned by Madaket Stables, Michael Dubb, Kent Speillman and Bethlehem Stables, Stella Di Camelot (IRE) entered Brown’s barn from France following a third-place finish in the Premio Regina Elena (GIII) in Italy on April 29 and an allowance victory in France on May 22.
When Stella di Camelot (IRE) arrived to barn, the daughter of Camelot was victorious by 2 ¾ lengths in the $200,000 Pebbles Stakes at Belmont Park over “soft” turf. One of Brown’s go-to riders, Joel Rosario, has the mount in the Mrs. Revere and will break from post position No. 10.
Also entered in the Mrs. Revere – the penultimate North American turf stakes for 3-year-old fillies – is multiple stakes winner Dark Artist for Goodwood Racing and trainer Jane Cibelli.
The filly by Paynter is 4-for-9 lifetime including narrow wins in Monmouth Park’s Open Mind and Boiling Spring. The Kentucky-bred was most recently fourth behind fellow Mrs. Revere competitor Princess Warrior in the Pucker Up (GIII) at Arlington Park.
Trevor McCarthy has the call on Dark Artist and breaks from post 12.
Among the other entrants in the Mrs. Revere are the second and third place finishers in Keeneland’s Valley View (GIII), Get Explicit and Cool Beans, respectively.
Get Explicit, owned by Modeste Racing Stable and trained by Canadian-based Barbara Minshall, finished a half-length behind Colonia (FR) in the Valley View at odds of 70-1. The three-time winner, who is in search of her first stakes win, gets the riding services of Ricardo Santana Jr. from post 8.
Cool Beans, trained by Louisville-based Brad Cox, has not finished off the board in all seven starts with a record of 2-3-2 and $161,150 in purse earnings. The filly by Candy Ride (ARG) finished second in the Hatoof Stakes at Arlington Park in July prior to a three-quarters of a length victory in a first-level allowance race at Saratoga.
Regular pilot Florent Geroux has the call and drew post 5.
Another locally-based horse entered in the Mrs. Revere is Glencrest Farm and Hold Your Horses, Inc.’s lightly-raced Angel of Mischief for first-year trainer Norm Casse. The Into Mischief filly will look for her third win in a row after a 1 ¾-length victory at Kentucky Downs to break her maiden and a 1 ¾-length score in a first-level allowance at Keeneland.
Jockey Tyler Gaffalione has the mount and will break from post 3.
The complete field for the Mrs. Revere from the rail out (with jockey and trainer): Lessons From Avery (Edgar Morales, Charlie LoPresti); High Tech (Chris Landeros, Ian Wilkes); Angel of Mischief (Gaffalione, Casse); Kabella (Declan Cannon, Danny Peitz); Cool Beans (Geroux, Cox); Princess Warrior (Brian Hernandez Jr., Kenny McPeek); Over Thinking (Corey Lanerie, Vicki Oliver); Get Explicit (Santana, Minshall); Divine Queen (Calvin Borel, Buff Bradley); Stella di Camelot (IRE) (Rosario, Brown); Arabella Bella (Albin Jiminez, Mikhail Yanakov); and Dark Artist (McCarthy, Cibell).
All jockeys are assigned 118 pounds.
The race is named as a tribute to the highly competitive filly Mrs. Revere, who collected a total of four Churchill Downs stakes during a two-year local reign from 1984-85. Mrs. Revere collected three of those stakes during her 3-year-old season, thus providing the appropriate name for this stakes for 3-year-old fillies on the turf. Mrs. Revere was owned by the partnership of Dr. Hiram Polk and Dr. David Richardson.