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Dowager Preview: Siberian Iris Invades
Siberian Iris (outside) working with multiple graded stakes winner United (Credit: Ernie Belmonte)

Dowager Preview: Siberian Iris Invades

LEXINGTON, KY – Calumet Farm’s talented stayer Siberian Iris invades another Kentucky-based track looking for glory in Sunday’s $125,000 Rood & Riddle Dowager Stakes (G3) at Keeneland.

The Dowager is a 1 1/2-mile, three-turn turf route restricted to fillies and mares ages 3 and up. This year’s edition is the penultimate event on a 9-race card and has a local post time of 4:57 PM.

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Here’s a look at the full field for the Dowager:

1. With Dignity 10/1 – She gives turf another shot after finishing a well-beaten fifth in last year’s 1-mile Indiana Grand Stakes. All 3 career victories came on dirt and she’s finished seventh in both the Groupie Doll Stakes and the La Troienne Stakes (G1).

2. Blame Debbie 2/1 – She’s crossed the wire first in each of her last 2 starts, though she was disqualified and placed third after drifting in late while going 1 5/16 miles in a Kentucky Downs allowance. She missed by just a neck while going 1 1/4 miles at Belmont Park in June, and the victor, Civil Union, has since won 3 stakes, including last week’s Flower Bowl (G1).

3. Over Thinking 4/1 – She came within a neck of winning the 1 3/8-mile CTT & TOC Stakes at Del Mar 2 starts back in August, the closest that she’s gotten to crossing the wire first since November 2018. She wired first-level allowance rivals while going 1 3/16 miles over this course in October 2018, and in a field devoid of much pace on paper, she can do it again in this spot.

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4. Always Shopping 5/2 – She ended her 17-month losing streak in September’s 1 1/16-mile Monroe Stakes over the Gulfstream Park lawn, her first over that surface and first time wearing blinkers. She’ll need to improve upon the career-best 83 Beyer Speed Figure that she earned, but trainer Todd Pletcher has a sharp 21% success rate with last-out winners.

5. Siberian Iris 5/2 – The California-based mare stayed in the Bluegrass State after finishing fifth in the 1 5/16-mile TVG Stakes over a good Kentucky Downs course. She does her best running when going longer on the lawn and finished second against males in June’s San Juan Capistrano Stakes (G3); the winner, Red King, returned to win the Del Mar Handicap (G2).

6. Naomi Broadway 10/1 – Trainer Paulo Lobo supplemented her into the field after she finished third in a 1-mile optional claiming turf event at Indiana Grand on September 28. She’ll try to repeat the same success that fellow Brazilian-bred Ivar enjoyed over this course last month for Lobo and jockey Joe Talamo when he upset the Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes (G1).

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