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LOUISVILLE, KY – The 2019 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) champion Sharing returns to the track for the first time since that victory in Saturday’s inaugural running of the $100,000 Tepin Stakes Presented by Woodford Reserve at Churchill Downs.
The Tepin is a 1-mile turf event for 3-year-old fillies and is part of an 11-race card that includes four other stakes:
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1. Oxum Power (50/1) – After compiling two wins in three starts at a mile over the Turfway Park synthetic surface, she makes her first turf start in this spot. Her most recent effort was a distant eighth in the Bourbonette Oaks behind several rivals that she faces here.
2. Abscond (8/1) – Her only off-the-board finish came in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, which followed a nose score in the 1-mile Natalma Stakes (G1). She was beaten 3/4 of a length in both starts this year, first in the Ginger Brew Stakes, then in the Herecomesthebride Stakes (G3).
3. Walk In Marrakesh (10/1) – All three of her North American efforts were strong; she missed to Abscond by a nose in the Natalma, then missed to another common rival, Outburst, by a head in the Florida Oaks (G3). Most recently, she was fifth, beaten 2 1/2 lengths, after having to steady hard in the far turn.
4. Dominga (15/1) – Her record of 5-3-1-0 includes a victory in a minor mile-long turf stakes at Fair Grounds last time out. She has yet to string together back-to-back victories, but trainer Brad Cox wins 27% of the time when seeking repeat success, so perhaps the third time is the charm.
5. Hendy Woods (12/1) – Mark Casse saddled her to victories in both career starts, each coming at a mile over a firm Fair Grounds turf course. This will be her first attempt against stakes company, but she has passed every test thus far.
6. In Good Spirits (15/1) – She won both of her turf starts last year in gate-to-wire fashion after not liking the Saratoga dirt on debut. She has been off since last October, but trainer Al Stall, Jr., is 27% with horses running in layoffs of at least 180 days.
7. Outburst (5/1) – After getting a win and a second in two starts over French turf, she shipped stateside and joined the Eddie Kenneally barn. She won an allowance/optional claiming event at a mile, then held off Walk In Marrakesh late to take the Florida Oaks.
8. Jezebel’s Kitten (15/1) – She won her first two career starts, including the Juvenile Fillies Stakes at Kentucky Downs, but failed to hit the board in two subsequent appearances. This will be her second start of the year and Florent Geroux, aboard for that stakes victory, is back in the irons.
9. Sharing (3/1) – The Speightstown filly ended 2019 with a three-race win streak that included scores in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies and the Selima Stakes before that. Trainer Graham Motion has been working her steadily, including the last three at either 6 or 7 furlongs, to have her fit for her seasonal debut.
10. Pass the Plate (20/1) – The Silverton Hill homebred returns to turf after finishing second, beaten 3/4 of a length, in the Bourbonette Oaks last time out. Julien Leparoux, who rode her to both career victories last fall (including a 1 1/16-mile allowance over this course), is back in the saddle for the third time.
11. Heir of Light (30/1) – Her Beyer speed figures improved greatly at age 3 when she made her first two starts on turf. As a daughter of The Factor, she knows only one way to run: go to the front early and try to hold on late.
12. Moral Reasoning (12/1) – After breaking her maiden sprinting on the Aqueduct turf last November, she missed winning the Ginger Brew by a neck in her next start. She has been absent since finishing off the board as the 3/2 favorite in February’s Sweetest Chant Stakes (G3).
13. Queen of God (30/1) – She put together a 5-2-0-0 record before transferring to Mike Maker’s care, who promptly saddled her to victories in both subsequent starts. She earned a neck score in the mile-long Mrs. Presidentress Stakes over the Gulfstream Park turf, then followed that by winning the Bourbonette Oaks.
14. Alms (3/1) – The Godolphin homebred has been perfect in four starts, three at the stakes level, including a 1-mile minor turf stakes on February 8 at Fair Grounds. This will be her second start of the year and her fifth between four different tracks, and Paco Lopez – aboard each of her last two wins – is in the saddle once more.
15. Eve of War (12/1) (Also Eligible) – Sitting on the outside looking in, she will need at least rival to scratch by early Saturday morning if she wants to compete. She made her turf debut last time out, wiring a 1 1/8-mile allowance/optional claiming event at Gulfstream Park.
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