LEXINGTON, Ky. &ndash; Danny Gargan grew up in Louisville in the hard-scrabble Churchill Downs neighborhood, not exactly a breeding ground for owners who run horses in stakes races at Keeneland. Yet there Gargan will be Thursday, rubbing elbows in the Keeneland paddock with the well-heeled and erudite, eager to see his 2-year-old filly, Silent Joy, start as one of the contenders in a wide-open 20th running of the $150,000 Jessamine Stakes.\r\n&ldquo;It&rsquo;s the kind of thing you thought you might never get to do,&rdquo; said Gargan, whose father, also named Danny, was a jockey who died in an automobile accident when his son was just 4. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s pretty awesome.&rdquo;\r\nGargan, 39, has filled numerous roles on American backstretches and frontsides since his youth, from assistant trainer to horseplayer to jockey agent to bloodstock wheeler-dealer. Last year, with trainer Michelle Nihei as an adviser, he bought a Kitten&rsquo;s Joy yearling off of Ken and Sarah Ramsey&rsquo;s farm, and after the filly, eventually named Silent Joy, won at first asking at Saratoga in August, Gargan protected what has become a sage investment by selling partial interest to Nils Brous and Adam Wachtel.\r\nSilent Joy then ran a creditable fifth in her only subsequent start, the Grade 3 Miss Grillo at Belmont Park. With none of her Jessamine rivals owning markedly better credentials, she will be one of the wagering choices when she breaks from post 9 with John Velazquez aboard in the Jessamine, a 1 1/16-mile turf race carded as the eighth of nine Thursday races.\r\nPerhaps the top two challengers to Silent Joy also exit a New York stakes and are drawn directly outside of her: Lauren Byrd (post 10, Garrett Gomez) and Kathmanblu (post 11, Julien Leparoux), the respective fourth- and second-place finishers in the P.G. Johnson Stakes at the end of the Saratoga meet.\r\nLauren Byrd is trained by Todd Pletcher, who has won the Jessamine three times (2002, &rsquo;04, &lsquo;05), while Kathmanblu is trained by Ken McPeek, who has won the race twice (2003, &lsquo;09).\r\nCloneylass, Come a Callin, Accept, and Dos Lunas also rate consideration in a deep cast.\r\nFourteen are entered in the Jessamine, although only as many as 12 can start. Three allowances (races 5, 6, 7) also will be run on a program that starts at 1:15 p.m. Eastern.