Combine two Breeders' Cup winners, three other Grade 1 winners and an additional three Grade 2 winners and the result is a top-flight edition of the $300,000 Madison (G1) for fillies and mares going seven furlongs on the main track Saturday.
A total of 13 runners were entered Tuesday for the 15th running of the Madison, one of three Grade 1 races on Saturday's 11-race program. The Madison will go as the afternoon's ninth race with a 5:20 p.m. ET post time. First post time Saturday is 12:35 p.m.
Town and Country Racing's Stopchargingmaria won the Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1) here last fall to push her earnings to more than $2.9 million. Trained by Todd Pletcher, Stopchargingmaria will use the Madison as her seasonal debut as she did last year when she finished second in the race.
Javier Castellano has the mount and will break from post position 12.
Michael Dubb, David Simon, Head of Plains Partners and Bethlehem Stables' Wavell Avenue closed her 2015 campaign with a victory in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1). Trained by Chad Brown, Wavell Avenue will be ridden by Julien Leparoux in her 2016 debut and break from post position three.
The other Grade 1 winners in the field are Harold Queen's Sheer Drama, Forum Racing IV's Birdatthewire and Stonestreet Stables' Cavorting.
Among the Grade 2 winners entered is 2015 Keeneland Fall stakes victor Fioretti (Thoroughbred Club of America) as well as Dancing House and Spelling Again.
The field for the Madison is as follows:
- Cavorting (Jose Lezcano, 118 pounds)
- Sheer Drama (Joe Bravo, 118)
- Wavell Avenue (Leparoux, 123)
- Sunday Rules (Edwin Maldonado, 120)
- Birdatthewire (Drayden Van Dyke, 123)
- Fioretti (Sophie Doyle, 120)
- Dancing House (Luis Saez, 120)
- Clothes Fall Off (Corey Lanerie, 120)
- Enchanting Lady (Martin Garcia, 118)
- Super Majesty (Alex Solis, 118)
- Thirteen Arrows (Florent Geroux, 118)
- Stopchargingmaria (Castellano, 120)
- Spelling Again (Shaun Bridgmohan, 120)
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