04/16/2013 3:18PM

Keeneland: Inglorious, Mystical Star to meet in Doubledogdare Stakes

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Barbara D. Livingston
Inglorious, the winner of the 2011 Queen's Plate, figures to be one of the favorites in Friday's Grade 3 Doubledogdare Stakes at Keeneland.

A field of eight fillies and mares was drawn Tuesday at Keeneland for Friday's 1 1/16-mile Polytrack feature, the Doubledogdare Stakes. The Grade 3, $100,000 race features likely top choices Inglorious and Mystical Star.

From the rail, this is the field: Artemus Kitten, Ice Cream Silence, Inglorious, Alaura Michele, Mystical Star, Sisterhood, Lotta Lovin, and Minakshi.

Inglorious, with Julien Leparoux to ride, is best known as the 2011 Queen’s Plate winner. Mystical Star (Jose Lezcano) was the runner-up here last fall in the Grade 1 Spinster Stakes.

Sisterhood and Minakshi were made eligible by $5,000 supplementary payments. Minakshi, a 5-year-old mare now trained by Michael Matz, will be making her North American debut after having 13 starts in her native France for Pascal Bary.

Ward has contender in juvenile race

No, they didn’t stop the presses last Thursday – although, in certain circles, Wesley Ward sending out an odds-on 2-year-old to finish out of the money at Keeneland certainly qualifies as huge news. Before that surprising letdown, Ward had won the first two “baby” races at the meet with ease.

The fourth such race of the meet goes as race 3 Thursday, and Ward is intent on atoning to his many fans. He entered the uncoupled pair of Mary At the Cove and Bluesville but said Tuesday he is very likely to scratch Bluesville.

Any hints about Mary At the Cove?

“She’s a runner,” Ward said.