Miss Ella Aims For Repeat Performance In Friday’s Franklin County Stakes

by | 10.10.2017 | 4:01pm
Miss Ella wins the 2016 Franklin County

Jack Swain III's Miss Ella headlines a field of 12 fillies and mares and four also-eligibles entered Tuesday for Friday's 21st running of the $100,000 Buffalo Trace Franklin County (G3) to be run at 5½ furlongs on the Keeneland turf course.

The Buffalo Trace Franklin County will go as the ninth race on Friday's 10-race program with a 5:30 p.m. ET post time. First post time is 1:05 p.m.

Trained by Graham Motion, Miss Ella will attempt to join Ayrial Delight (1998-1999) as the only back-to-back winner of the race. Feargal Lynch will have the mount Friday and break from post position one.

Chief rivals to Miss Ella might be a couple of 3-year-olds: Adele Dilschneider and Claiborne Farm's Lull and G. Watts Humphrey Jr.'s Morticia.

Trained by Christophe Clement, Lull comes into the Buffalo Trace Franklin County off a victory in the Kentucky Downs Ladies Sprint on Sept. 9. Two times graded-stakes placed, Lull will be ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr. and break from post position six.

Trained by Rusty Arnold, Morticia is a four-time turf sprint stakes winner and comes into the race off a third-place finish in the Kentucky Downs Ladies Sprint. Jose Lezcano has the mount and will break from post position seven.

The field for the Buffalo Trace Franklin County, with riders and weights, is: Miss Ella (Lynch, 120 pounds), Justa Lady (Ricardo Santana Jr., 120), Boom Bam Bing (C.J. McMahon, 120), Kasuga (Julien Leparoux, 120), Ruby Notion (Julio Garcia, 120), Lull (Hernandez Jr., 118), Morticia (Lezcano, 118), Always Thinking (Joe Bravo, 120), Scatter Gun (Joe Rocco, 120), Indriya (Rito Almanza, 120), Nobody's Fault (Corey Lanerie, 120), Carolina Shag (Jack Gilligan, 120). Also-Eligibles: Childhood (Robby Albarado, 118), Marquee Cal Gal (Jack Gilligan, 120), Excessivespending (Corey Lanerie, 118) and Wheatfield (Florent Geroux, 120).

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