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Renee's Titan heads 11-filly Beaumont field
Renee's Titan, winner of the Santa Ynez in which she defeated Eclipse Award winner Beholder, tops a field of 11 three-year-old fillies entered for Sunday's 28th running of the Grade 2, $150,000 Beaumont to be contested over Keeneland's Beard Course of seven furlongs, 184 feet.
The Beaumont is a "Wild Card" race on the new Kentucky Oaks points system, and carries 34 qualifying points to the $1 million contest on May 3 at Churchill Downs. It's also the last chance for fillies to earn points for the nine-furlong event.
Renee's Titan gained fame when beating Beholder as that one made her return in the Santa Ynez off a win in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies last November. It was later discovered that Beholder was suffering from a throat ulcer, and the bay lass has since come back to claim easy wins in the Las Virgenes and Santa Anita Oaks, both Grade 1s.
Renee's Titan wound up eighth in the Las Virgenes on March 2, and the Bernstein filly will be aiming for redemption on Sunday as she makes her first start outside of California. Jockey Mario Gutierrez will be in town for the mount on the Doug O'Neill trainee.
Other top contenders for the Beaumont include Premier Steps and Magical Moon. The former was Group 3-placed last year in Europe, and in her lone start of 2013 captured the Sweetest Chant at Gulfstream Park. The Chad Brown charge will be trying a surface other than turf for the first time in the Beaumont, but keeps jockey Javier Castellano in the irons.
Magical Moon is one of only two fillies in the field who have prior experience at Keeneland, finishing third in last fall's Alcibiades. Trained by Al Stall Jr., the Malibu Moon miss will be ridden by Rosie Napravnik off a fourth in the Allen LaCombe Memorial over Fair Grounds' turf on March 2.
Also in with a chance is Judy in Disguise, who's scored in her two stateside starts thus far including the Sweet Life on Santa Anita's green, and Lady Banks, winner of Aqueduct's Ruthless prior to a well-beaten fourth in the Davona Dale last out in late February.