Stonestreet Stables’ Campanelle (IRE), a two-time Group 1 winner in Europe, heads a field of 12 fillies and mares entered for the 25th running of the $150,000 Buffalo Trace Franklin County (G3) going 5½ furlongs on the turf at Keeneland on Oct. 15.
The Buffalo Trace Franklin County will go as the ninth race on Friday’s 10-race program with a 5:16 p.m. ET post time.
In her first start since finishing fourth in the 2020 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) last November, Campanelle was elevated to victory in the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot on June 18 after Dragon Symbol (GB), who hit the wire a head in front, was demoted to second for interference in the six-furlong test. That triumph gave trainer Wesley Ward his 12th victory at Royal Ascot and marked the second success at the prestigious meet for Campanelle as she previously captured the 2020 Queen Mary Stakes (G2).
The daughter of Kodiac (GB) then remained overseas where she finished 12th in the Prix de Maurice de Gheest (G1) at Deauville in August after being reluctant to load and then swerving at the start. That outing represented just the second loss for the bay filly in six career starts and she also owns a victory in the 2020 Darley Prix Morny (G1).
Also figuring to attract interest are the 1-2 finishers from last month’s Mint Ladies Sprint (G3) at Kentucky Downs: In Good Spirits and Catch a Bid.
Bal Mar Equine’s In Good Spirits, trained by Al Stall Jr., scored a two-length victory at Kentucky Downs and in the race prior to that was runner-up in the Caress Stakes (G3) at Saratoga in July.
“She’s got a little bit more of a punch than she did going two turns. She’s got some class,” Stall said after her win at Kentucky Downs. “She’s a fresh horse. We’re looking forward to her 5-year-old year.”
Highlander Training Center’s Catch a Bid, trained by Joe Sharp, won the West Virginia Senate President’s Cup at Mountaineer in August prior to her Kentucky Downs race. She drew post position six and will be ridden by Tyler Gaffalione.
“She kind of does anything we want her to: long, short. A versatile mare to have,” Sharp said.