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Stakes Fillies Racing at Keeneland


     Two Runnymede-bred fillies—Bizzy Caroline and Woodford Belle, who both have achieved distinction in graded stakes races against top competition—are set to run at Keeneland on April 26 in the silks of farm Chairman Catesby W. Clay.
      Bizzy Caroline, winner of the Regret Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs last year and runner-up in the Mrs. Revere (G2) and Valley View (G3) Stakes, will make her first start of 2012 in the seventh race, a 1 1/16-mile allowance on Polytrack.Bizzy Caroline gallops at Keeneland on April 25 (Michele MacDonald photo)
       Reunited with jockey Manoel Cruz, Bizzy Caroline will start from post seven in the field of nine fillies and mares following the scratch of Dawn Lane. Key challengers could be It’s Tea Time, second in the 2010 Ashland (G1) over the same surface and winner of the Lake Placid Stakes (G3) at Saratoga; stakes winner Artemus Kitten from the stable of leading Keeneland owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey, and stakes winner In The Slips, trained by Graham Motion
      Bizzy Caroline, a four-year-old daughter of Afleet Alex, has won three of her ten starts and placed three additional times. She came within a half-length of victory in last year’s American Oaks (G1) at Hollywood Park but had to settle for fifth in a blanket photo finish. 
      Ken McPeek, who ranks among the leading trainers at Keeneland for the spring meet, conditions Bizzy Caroline.Woodford Belle (Michele MacDonald photo)
      Meanwhile, Woodford Belle will carry Clay’s green and black colors in the $150,000 Bewitch Stakes (G3) over 1 ½ miles on turf. Trained by Michelle Nihei, the daughter of Arch has proven stamina and is coming off four strong efforts at Gulfstream Park.
     The winner of an allowance race at 1 3/8 miles, Woodford Belle finished third in The Very One Stakes (G3) on February 25 and was fourth by only 1 ¾ lengths in the Orchid Stakes (G3) on March 31.
      Here To Win, a Brazilian-bred who captured The Very One and was a multiple Group 1 winner in South Africa, is the morning line choice in the Bewitch at 5-2, while Woodford Belle, who will be ridden by meet-leading jockey Julien Leparoux, is the second choice at 3-1.
      Woodford Belle has drawn post four in the eight-horse field, which also includes Senada, who won the 1 ½-mile Dowager Stakes (G3) on the Keeneland turf last year, and Grade 3 winner Upperline.