A field of six fillies and mares will run 1 1/2 miles on the lawn in the Sunday feature at Keeneland, the $125,000 Dowager (G3).
The pace will be established by #4 Always Shopping early, with #2 Blame Debbie tracking from the second spot. I expect the tempo to be moderate from the opening bell.
#1 WITH DIGNITY (10-1) — Capable filly from the Wilkes shedrow was unplaced in her lone turf race to date. The 4-year-old has two turf-winning siblings, and I think she has top-three appeal from the cozy rail post. Julien Leparoux has the call.
#2 BLAME DEBBIE (2-1) — Blame filly closed fast to capture a first-level allowance affair on this course last time out. Motion pupil has a versatile running style, and her neck third to Civil Union four back makes her a prime contender in this one if she can duplicate that performance.
#3 OVER THINKING (4-1) — Oliver trainee is just 3-for-26 lifetime, and she finished a well-beaten eighth in the race in 2019. Overanalyze mare is hard to back with confidence in the Dowager.
#4 ALWAYS SHOPPING (5-2) — Awesome Again filly was victorious in the grassy Monroe S. at Gulfstream last out when blinkers were added. Grade 2 heroine possesses obvious back class, and she will be dangerous with a forward move on Sunday under Gaffalione.
#5 SIBERIAN IRIS (5-2) — Stakes heroine has run evenly in her last pair of turf marathons and looms a big chance in a winnable spot. Excelebration mare has faced black-type company in seven straight and has a bit of a class edge over her main foes in the affair. Florent Geroux will guide the top-three threat.
#6 NAOMI BROADWAY (10-1) — Salto 5-year-old was a distant third in a prep for this while making her U.S. debut at Indiana Grand most recently. Group 1 heroine will improve second time in the states on the stretch out, and she wouldn’t be a big surprise in a field lacking a standout. Joe Talamo has the assignment.
- $20 Win: #2 Blame Debbie ($20)
- $2 Trifecta: 2 with 5,6 with all ($16)