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Full, classy field in Mrs. Revere awaits bettors

Hot Cha Cha will go for the hat trick in the Mrs. Revere (Equi-Sport Photos)

If you thought great wagering opportunities for the year would be hard to find following last week's Breeders' Cup bonanza, think again. Saturday's $175,000 Mrs. Revere S. (G2) at Churchill Downs, the best stakes of the weekend in North America, attracted an oversubscribed field of three-year-old fillies. Seventeen passed the entry box but only 14 will be allowed to start in the 1 1/16-mile turf test.

As far as favorites go, the public will likely focus on the upset winners of the past two Grade 1 events in the division, HOT CHA CHA (Cactus Ridge) and MISS WORLD (Bernstein). Hot Cha Cha is riding a two-race win streak that includes the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) and Pucker Up S. (G3) at odds of 8-1 and 5-1, respectively. Miss World won the September 12 Garden City S. (G1) at 13-1 off a first-level allowance score, then ran fourth in the Queen Elizabeth. Unlike those top-level races at Keeneland and Belmont, the turf will likely be firm for the Mrs. Revere, though both fillies have handled all types of ground.

Contestants from both divisions of the October 23 Valley View S. (G3) are in the mix. BLUEGRASS PRINCESS (Dynaformer), SINGLE SOLUTION (Flatter) and KIAWAH CAT (Lemon Drop Kid) filled the first three slots in that order in the first division, while MISS KELLER (Ire) (Montjeu [Ire]) missed by a head in the second division with KEERTANA (Johar) more than three lengths behind in third. The latter, who took the Regret S. (G3) over the Matt Winn turf during the spring meet, also placed in the Garden City and Lake Placid S. (G2) and might relish firmer ground.

Bluegrass Princess will make her Churchill bow on Saturday (Equi-Sport Photos)

The speedy ROMACACA (Running Stag) was second as the favorite in the Pucker Up, but faltered to fifth after dueling early when facing colts in the Hawthorne Derby (G3) last time. She might face some early pressure from C. S. SILK (Medaglia d'Oro), the Pucker Up fifth who is otherwise undefeated on grass with allowance scores at both Churchill and Keeneland. REDREAMIT (Tapit) is another potential pace factor having taken the Twin Lights S. at Monmouth Park in gate-to-wire fashion.

MARY'S FOLLIES (More Than Ready) returns to the turf for only the second time, her first attempt having resulted in a half-length victory in the Boiling Springs S. (G3) at Monmouth. Two longshots trained by Ken McPeek to watch for are STRIKING DANCER (Smart Strike), a multiple allowance winner on grass whose only unplaced effort on the surface was a result of showing speed early rather than coming from off the pace as is the norm.

WAR KILL (War Chant), sidelined for more than six months following a victory in the Beaumont S. (G2) on Polytrack, tries turf for the first time in the Mrs. Revere and is by War Chant, who captured the 2000 Breeders' Cup Mile (G1) over the Churchill lawn.


 


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