INGLEWOOD, Calif. (April 9, 2012)—Southern California riding stars Joel Rosario, Rafael Bejarano and Garrett Gomez will be in Kentucky Thursday as each have mounts in the $300,000 Vinery Madison Stakes at Keeneland.
A Grade I at seven furlongs over Polytrack, the Vinery Madision is the eighth of nine races. Post time is 1:42 p.m. PST. Track gates at Betfair Hollywood Park will open at 10:15 a.m. for simulcasts.
Rosario, the leading rider at both the Spring/Summer and Autumn meets in 2011 at Betfair Hollywood Park, has the call on Home Sweet Aspen in the Vinery Madison. Owned by breeder Jenny Craig’s Craig Family Trust and trained by John Sadler, Home Sweet Aspen will be seeking her second Grade I victory of the year.
The 4-year-old daughter of Candy Ride and the Groovy mare My Gal Groovy won the Santa Monica Jan. 28 at Santa Anita, defeating Sugarinthemorning, who is also in the Vinery Madision field, by a neck. The chestnut has won four of 10 and earned $357,822.
Bejarano will ride Sugarinthemorning, who is owned by breeder Stephen Weissman and trained by Hall of Famer Ron McAnally.
A California bred Candy Ride filly out of the In Excess mare Social Belle, Sugarinthemorning has won five of 13 and banked $370,334. One of her three wins in 2011 came in the Manhattan Beach Stakes last June 18 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Gomez will ride Future Generation, a five time winner, for the first time for George Bolton and Peter Leidel and trainer Christophe Clement.
She’s Cheeky, the third place finisher in the Santa Monica and third – via disqualification – in the Grade II Milady Handicap last May 21 at Betfair Hollywood Park, is also entered in the Vinery Madison. Robby Albarado will ride for a partnership that includes Bran Jam Stable and Sharon Alesia and trainer Peter Eurton.
From inside out, the field for the Vinery Madison Stakes: Home Sweet Aspen, Joel Rosario rides, 123 pounds; Musical Romance, Juan Leyva, 123; Whipsaw City, Julien Leparoux, 118; Sugarinthemorning, Rafael Bejarano, 118; La Reinne Lionne, John Velazquez, 118; Whisked Away, Luis Martinez, 118; She’s Cheeky, Robby Albarado, 118; Groupie Doll, Rajiv Maragh, 118; Ariana D, Jose Lezcano, 118 and Future Generation, Garrett Gomez, 118.
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