04/15/2004 11:00PM

Film Maker vs. star in making

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - With a Grade 3 rating and a $100,000 purse, the Jenny Wiley Stakes certainly didn't have to come up this tough.

But it did. Film Maker, winner of the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup last fall, and Intercontinental, quite possibly the latest in a long line of female turf stars for trainer Bobby Frankel, are among the eight horses entered Sunday in the Jenny Wiley at Keeneland.

For no other reason beyond her win over this turf course in the prestigious QEII, Film Maker would seem to deserve favoritism in the 1 1/16-mile Jenny Wiley. But Intercontinental, like so many Frankel up-and-comers, was sensational in winning her U.S. debut on March 28 following a distinguished start to her racing career in France, and it would not be surprising if Keeneland fans made her the favorite.

"I'm sure it's going to be a very tough race," said Graham Motion, who trains Film Maker for Courtlandt Farms.

Film Maker, a 4-year-old Dynaformer filly, will be ridden again by Edgar Prado. After holding off Maiden Tower to win the QEII by a nose, Film Maker was eighth in her season-ending race, the Mrs. Revere at Churchill Downs.

"We picked out the Jenny Wiley at the end of last year as something to point for after giving our filly a break," said Motion. "She's doing very well, and hopefully this will be a stepping-stone to some of the bigger races later in the year."

Frankel has named Jerry Bailey to ride Intercontinental, a 4-year-old Juddmonte Farms homebred. Soon after finishing fourth as the 1-2 favorite in the Group 1 Prix de la Foret in her French farewell in October, Intercontinental, by Danehill, was sent to Frankel, who unveiled her to rave reviews when she captured a one-mile classified allowance three weeks ago at Santa Anita.

Other notables in the Jenny Wiley include Coney Kitty and Madeira Mist, the one-two finishers in the Grade 3 Hillsborough Handicap, and the Argentine import Vanguardia, a sharp winner at Gulfstream in February.

The rest of the field is Ocean Drive, Vespers, and Virgin Voyage.

The Jenny Wiley, carded as the eighth of nine Sunday races, helps to close out the lone five-day week of the 15-day Keeneland spring meet. First post is 1:15 p.m. Eastern.

After two dark days, the final three-day stretch of the meet begins Wednesday, with live action on the Kentucky circuit set to begin Saturday at Churchill.