Brown Seeks Yet Another Jenny Wiley Victory

There’s dominance and then there’s the hammerlock trainer Chad Brown has on the $500,000 Jenny Wiley Stakes (G1T) at Keeneland.

As impressive as the four-time Eclipse Award winner’s four wins since 2015 in the prestigious 1/16-mile turf stakes for older fillies and mares may be, that feat takes on even more of a glow with an understanding that Brown’s distaff runners finished second in the three editions he did not win over than span.

“We’ve had good fillies over the years,” Brown said. “I had a good teacher (the late Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel) and we have a good team. When we have the right horses, we’ve been able to point to this race and have great success in it.”

In a few days, an even bigger superlative may be needed, judging by the April 16 entries for the 40th edition of the Jenny Wiley.

Of the six starters, the two that stick out the most are, yes, trained by Brown.

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In the duo of Peter Brant’s Regal Glory and Michael Dubb, Madaket Stables, and Robert LaPenta’s Shantisara Brown has a pair of grade 1 winners who are either grade 1 winners or grade 1-placed at Keeneland.

“They are top fillies and are coming into the race great,” Brown said. “Regal Glory has recency with the Pegasus win and Shantisara has not run since she won the Queen Elizabeth and could not have been more impressive that day. It should be a good race.”

Photo: Keeneland/Coady Photography

Shantisara wins the 2021 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes at Keeneland

Though there was a temptation to breed her to Into Mischief this spring, the 6-year-old Regal Glory was kept in training after winning the TAA Pegasus World Cup Filly and Mare Turf Invitational Stakes Presented by PEPSI (G3T). The Jan. 29 Pegasus World Cup marked a second straight win by identical 2 1/2-length margins for the daughter of Animal Kingdom , who captured the Nov. 28 Matriarch Stakes (G1T) at Del Mar in her prior try.

“Mr. Brant is a sportsman. He loves to see his horses run but it is a tough decision because she is so valuable and is going to be bred to Into Mischief,” Brown said. “He wanted to see her run another year and I support that. She’s in top form and can have a championship-caliber season.”

Purchased by Brant for $925,000 at the 2021 Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale after the death of original owner Paul Pompa Jr., she has raced for Brown throughout a career that features 10 wins and four seconds from 17 starts with earnings of $1,529,884. She was second in the First Lady Stakes Presented by UK HealthCare (G1T) at Keeneland last fall.

“She’s reached heights I didn’t think she’d get to,” Brown said. “She’s on her way to becoming one of the top fillies we’ve ever had.”

Shantisara, a daughter of Coolsty making her first start in almost six months, blossomed into a top 3-year-old filly turfer last year, winning her final three starts, capped by a decisive five-length win in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes Presented by Dixiana (G1T ) at Keeneland. She has not raced since that victory in the Oct. 16 QE II.

“She ran a big number and needed time, so we gave it to her. She’s really responded and has wintered well at Payson Park. It was time to get her going and this was an obvious choice based on her last race,” Brown said about racing at Keeneland, which will be the site of the Nov. 5 Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1T).

The only other grade 1 winner in the field is Charles Fipke’s Lady Speightspeare , who prevailed in the 2020 Natalma Stakes (G1T) as a 2-year-old. More recently, the 4-year-old homebred daughter of Speightstown is winless in two 2022 starts, finishing second for trainer Roger Attfield in the Endeavor Stakes (G3T) and then fourth in the Hillsborough Stakes (G2T).

Fawzi Abdulla Nass’ Waliyak is making her 2022 debut after finishing fourth in the Oct. 17 EP Taylor Stakes (G1T) in her last start. The daughter of Le Havre was a group 3 winner in France last year.

The entries also include G. Watts Humphrey Jr.’s Navratilova (Medaglia d’Oro ), winner of last year’s Rubicon Valley View Stakes (G3T) at Keeneland, and Calumet Farm’s Scarabea a daughter of American Pharoah seeking her first stakes win.

Entries: Jenny Wiley S. (G1T)

Keeneland, Saturday, April 16, 2022, Race 10

  • Grade IT
  • 1 1/16m
  • Turf
  • $500,000
  • 4 yo’s & up Fillies and Mares
  • 5:48 PM (@local)


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