By Dick Downey
Seven colts and a gelding were entered in Saturday's Kentucky Downs Juvenile Stakes, while the Juvenile Fillies drew a field of nine. The events are part of a five-stakes, 10-race day with purses totaling over $1.3 million.
The $150,000 Juvenile field Includes Boji Moon, the 12-length winner of the Iowa Cradle Stakes at Prairie Meadows. He's won both his races by a total of 23 lengths. Brian Hernandez, Jr. will ride for trainer Chris Richard.
Wesley Ward brings in the cleverly-named Here's Johnny. After breaking his maiden on the turf at Churchill Downs in June, Ward took the son of Colonel John to Deauville, where he was a narrowly beaten fourth in the $72,874 Prix de la Vallee d'Auge.
Others with stakes experience are Runkle, fourth in the Grade III Bashford Manor for Kellyn Gorder; and Aft, fifth in the Shakopee Juvenile at Canterbury Park for Michael Lauer.
Four maiden winners are in the field. Dale Romans sends in Luxury; Wayne Catalano has School On a Hill and Mister Special; and Tom Amoss entered Sweet Daddy.
The complete field by post position:
1. Pure Luxury, Dale Romans, Corey Lanerie, 6-1
2. School On a Hill, Wayne Catalano, Rosie Napravnik, 9-2
3. Aft, Michael Lauer, James Graham, 30-1
4. Runkle, Kellyn Gorder, Norberto Arroyo, Jr., 12-1
5. Mister Special, Wayne Catalano, Channing Hill, 8-1
6. Sweet Daddy, Tom Amoss, Leandro Goncalves, 8-1
7. Here's Johnny, Wesley Ward, Ice Wine Stable, 2-1
8. Boji Moon, Chris Richard, Brian Hernandez, Jr., 5-2
In the $150,000 Juvenile Fillies, Redheaded Witch will attempt to rebound from a 29-length defeat in the Grade II Pocahontas for trainer Kenneth Marshall, and Wesley Ward runs La Mejor Fiesta, second in the $50,000 Tippet stakes at Colonial Downs.
The remainder of the field is made up of recent maiden winners, including Lien on Kitten, a daughter of Kitten's Joy owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey. She'll be ridden by Channing Hill, who makes his career debut at Kentucky Downs on Saturday.
The full field for the Juvenile Fillies from the rail out:
1. Beccawhit, John Hancock, C. J. McMahon, 20-1
2. Redheaded Witch, Kenneth Marshall, Victor Lebron, 20-1
3. La Mejor Fiesta, Wesley Ward, David Flores, 7-2
4. J J Julep, Kellyn Gorder, Seidman Stables LLC, 4-1
5. Pocket Gift, Darrin Miller, James Graham, 5-1
6. Maybe Lilly, Roger Anderson, Jesus Castanon, 20-1
7. Personal Diary, Victoria Oliver, Corey Lanerie, 9-2
8. Saturday Storms, William H. Fires, Jon Court, 12-1
9. Lien on Kitten, Wayne Catalano, Channing Hill, 3-1
Saturday is day three of Kentucky Downs' five-day meeting, First post each day is 1:35 CDT.
Owners: 1 - William Pacella ; 2 - Covello, James, Millennium Farms and West Point Thoroughbreds ; 3 - Penny S. Lauer ; 4 - Leonardo Garcia ; 5 - Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey ; 6 - Andrena Van Doren ; 7 - Ice Wine Stable (Dave Reid) ; 8 - Brian Hall and William Gessman
Breeders: 1 - Pacella, Rizza & Bonomo; 2 - Millennium Farms; 3 - Michael E. Lauer & Penny S. Lauer; 4 - Dixiana Farms LLC; 5 - Kenneth L. Ramsey & Sarah K. Ramsey; 6 - Andrena Van Doren; 7 - Rick Sutherland; 8 - Okoboji Racing Stable
Owners: 1 - William Latta and Greg Hudson ; 2 - Marshall Racing, LLC (Tehfeh Moores) ; 3 - Ice Wine Stable (Dave Reid) ; 4 - Seidman Stables, LLC (Steven F. Seidman) ; 5 - Silverton Hill, LLC (Bonnie and Tommy Hamilton) ; 6 - David Downard ; 7 - G. Watts Humphrey, Jr. and St. George Farm Racing, LLC (Ian Banwell) ; 8 - Destiny Oaks of Ocala, LLC (Janet Grube) ; 9 - Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey
Breeders: 1 - Fred W. Hertrich III & John D. Fielding; 2 - Royal Oak Farm, LLC; 3 - Forging Oaks, LLC; 4 - Seidman Stables LLC; 5 - Silverton Hill, LLC; 6 - Vossfeld Bloodstock Group, LLC; 7 - G. Watts Humphrey Jr. &St. George Farm Racing, LLC; 8 - Destiny Oaks of Ocala; 9 - Kenneth L. Ramsey & Sarah K. Ramsey