Consistent War Like Goddess Heads Large Bewitch Field

Consistent War Like Goddess Heads Large Bewitch Field

After rallying to a narrow victory in the Orchid Stakes (G3T), War Like Goddess  will look for a second straight graded stakes win when she starts in the $150,000 Bewitch Stakes (G3T) April 23 at Keeneland.

The 1 1/2-mile turf test for older fillies and mares has drawn a field of 12 and is the featured race on closing day of the 15-date spring meeting at the Lexington track.

In a field where consistency is lacking, lightly raced War Like Goddess is a notable exception. The 4-year-old daughter of English Channel   has won three of four starts. Most recently she rallied from eighth early to edge favored Always Shopping  by a nose in the Orchid, a 1 3/8-mile turf test for fillies and mares March 27 at Gulfstream.

Video: Orchid S. (G3T)

Trainer Bill Mott will ask George Krikorian’s War Like Goddess to stretch out another furlong to her longest distance yet in the Bewitch. Julien Leparoux, who has guided the filly to all three of her victories, will ride.

Mott also has entered fourth-place Orchid finisher Delta’s Kingdom . Campaigned by Maram, the 5-year-old daughter of Animal Kingdom  is looking for her first stakes victory but she’s been close—placing in three stakes since September. She’ll pick up the services of Luis Saez, who has all but locked up the meet’s leading rider title with 27 victories; 11 ahead of the next closest rider going into this week’s action.

Mott has won the Bewitch three times but is looking for his first victory in the turf distance test since Miss Lenora  in 1993. In the 1980s, he sent out Gaily Gaily and Heatherten to victories.

The connections of Dalika  wouldn’t mind seeing their 5-year-old Pastorius  mare continue her recent racing pattern of winning every other contest as she enters off a ninth-place finish in the Tom Benson Memorial Stakes March 20 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. Before that effort, Dalika nailed down a victory in the Albert M. Stall Memorial Stakes at Fair Grounds, a special win for her trainer Al Stall Jr. 

That victory continued the every-other-race victory pattern dating back to the One Dreamer Stakes in September at Kentucky Downs and including the Blushing K.D. Stakes at Fair Grounds. 

Brad Cox, the meet’s leading trainer by earnings going into the final week of racing, has entered Don Alberto Stable’s Dominga  in the Bewitch. The 4-year-old daughter of Ghostzapper   came up a neck short in her previous effort, finishing second in the Tom Benson Memorial Stakes. Last year Dominga won the Allen Black Cat LaCombe Memorial Stakes at Fair Grounds.

Entries: Bewitch S. (G3T)

Keeneland, Friday, April 23, 2021, Race 9

  • Grade IIIT
  • 1 1/2m
  • Turf
  • $150,000
  • 4 yo’s & up Fillies and Mares
  • 5:30 PM (local)

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