LEXINGTON, Ky. (Keeneland) – Qatar Racing, Flurry Racing Stables and Big Aut Farms’ Shedaresthedevil will take on older horses for the first time Sunday when she heads a field of six fillies and mares in the 65th running of the $400,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1) going 1 1/8 miles on the main track.
Slated as the ninth race on Sunday’s 10-race program, the Juddmonte Spinster is a “Win and You’re In” race for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) to be run here Nov. 7. First post Sunday is 1:05 p.m. ET with the Juddmonte Spinster going at 5:45 p.m.
Trained by Brad Cox, Shedaresthedevil brings a three-race win streak into the Juddmonte Spinster highlighted by her 15-1 upset in the Kentucky Oaks. Prior to that race, she won the Indiana Oaks (G3) by 5 lengths to mark her second Grade 3 victory of 2020.
Florent Geroux, who has been aboard for Shedaresthedevil’s past three starts, has the call Sunday and will break from post position three. Geroux won the 2016 Juddmonte Spinster on I’m a Chatterbox.
Emollient in 2013 is the most recent 3-year-old to win the Juddmonte Spinster.
Chief among Shedaresthedevil’s challengers is Karen Eggert and Paul Eggert’s Ollie’s Candy, who has raced exclusively in Grade 1 company in 2020.
Trained by John Sadler, the 5-year-old Ollie’s Candy enters the Juddmonte Spinster off a runner-up effort in the Clement L. Hirsch (G1) at Del Mar, a race she won in 2019. Sunday’s race will mark her third venture outside California this year, having posted a runner-up finish in the Apple Blossom (G1) at Oaklawn Park in April and a third, beaten a neck, in the Ogden Phipps (G1) at Belmont in June.
Joel Rosario has the mount and will break from post position two.
The field for the Juddmonte Spinster, from the rail out with riders and weights, is: Saracosa (Martin Garcia, 124 pounds), Ollie’s Candy (Rosario, 124), Shedaresthedevil (Geroux, 121), Our Super Freak (Brian Hernandez Jr., 124), Valiance (Luis Saez, 124) and Lady Kate (Tyler Gaffalione, 124).