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Keeneland Preview | Myrtlewood Stakes 2023: Hot Beach, Youalmosthadme Headline Field Of 9
Youalmosthadme (Jessica Morgan/Eclipse Sportswire/CSM)

Keeneland Preview | Myrtlewood Stakes 2023: Hot Beach, Youalmosthadme Headline Field Of 9

Stakes winners Hot Beach and Youalmosthadme top a field of nine 2-year-old fillies entered today for the fourth running of the $200,000 Myrtlewood on Friday, Oct. 27.

The 6-furlong main track test will go as the ninth race with a 5:16 p.m. ET post time.

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Boardshorts Stables’ Hot Beach finished 2¾ lengths in front of Youalmosthadme in the 7-furlong Ellis Park Debutante on Aug. 13. Trained by Brian Lynch, Hot Beach was third in the 1-mile Pocahontas (G3) in her most recent start Sept. 16 at Churchill Downs. Flavien Prat has the mount Friday from post position 3.

Youalmosthadme, owned by the partnership of Qatar Racing, Swinbank Stables, Steve Adkisson and Black Type Thoroughbreds, won the 5-furlong Kentucky Juvenile in May by 8¾ lengths against males before chasing Hot Beach in the Debutante.

Trained by Brad Cox, Youalmosthadme was second in her most recent start in the Pocahontas, finishing three-quarters of a length ahead of Hot Beach. Tyler Gaffalione has the mount and will depart from post position 7.

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The field for the Myrtlewood, with riders and weights from the inside, is:

  1. Copper Em (Cristian Torres, 118 pounds)
  2. Field Lass (Julien Leparoux, 118)
  3. Hot Beach (Prat, 120)
  4. Fibber (Mitchell Murrill, 118)
  5. Xtreme Diva (Florent Geroux, 120)
  6. Xtreme Smoke Show (Francisco Arrieta, 118)
  7. Youalmosthadme (Gaffalione, 120)
  8. Let Them Watch (Luis Saez, 120)
  9. Wellareyouhappynow (Samuel Bermudez, 118)