A compact field of six sophomore fillies will travel seven furlongs on the Churchill Downs dirt in Saturday’s $125,000 Dogwood Stakes. Top Filly and Mare sprinter Covfefe draws outside and looms a menacing figure in the affair, but she faces a few fillies in the group who come into the dash while in career form.

Here's the Cast:

Bells The One Headshot form Keeneland

BELL'S THE ONE

Career Racing Stats

7 Starts, 4 Wins, 1 Place, 0 Show

Total Career Earnings: $219,600

Owner: Lothenbach Stables, Inc. 

Breeder: Bret Jones

Trainer: Neil Pessin

Jockey: Corey Lanerie

Sire: Majesticperfection

Dam: Street Mate

Color: Bay

Top BRIS Speed rating (94) when runner-up in the Eight Belles S. (G2)


Two-time stakes heroine was a smart second in the Eight Belles S. (G2) in her lone local showing two prior for Neil Pessin. The Kentucky-bred lass is training swiftly and could be a late factor if the pace collapses in the stretch. Corey Lanerie has the assignment. 


Take Charge Angel

TAKE CHARGE ANGEL

Career Racing Stats

5 Starts, 2 Wins, 1 Place, 0 Show

Total Career Earnings: $111,377

Owner: Sheffer Racing, LLC

Breeder: Sheffer Equine partners, LLC and Ronald Stocks

Trainer: Ben Colebrook

Jockey: Brian Hernandez, Jr.

Sire: Will Take Charge

Dam: Georgie's Angel

Color: Dark Bay

Top BRIS Speed rating (100) in runner-up allowance race at Keeneland


Recent allowance heroine is a dual winner on this course and comes off a sharp allowance win at Churchill. Ben Colebrook charge is the inside speed of the field and will try and take this group all the way on the front end today. Brian Hernandez, Jr. picks up the mount. 



FREE COVER

Career Racing Stats

8 Starts, 3 Wins, 2 Place, 1 Show

Total Career Earnings: $164,622

Owner: Allied Racing Stable, LLC

Breeder: SF Bloodstock

Trainer: Bret Calhoun

Jockey: Robby Albarado

Sire: Congrats

Dam: Candybedandy

Color: Gray/Roan

Top BRIS Speed rating (91) three times including an allowance win last time


Peaking daughter of Congrats owns a pair of wins and a second in her last three outings, and the gray comes in off of a fine allowance romp at Ellis Park most recently. Speedy lass is two-for-four on the surface and has never been better in advance of her graded stakes debut. The three-year-old will stalk the pace under Robby Albarado. 



ISTAN COUNCIL

Career Racing Stats

11 Starts, 4 Wins, 3 Place, 1 Show

Total Career Earnings: $237,733

Owner: Brereton C. Jones

Breeder: Brereton C. Jones

Trainer: Larry Jones

Jockey: Chantal Sutherland

Sire: Istan

Dam: Tribal Council

Color: Bay

Top BRIS Speed rating (101) in Ellis Park allowance race


Streaking filly ran her foes off of their proverbial feet in a 10-length allowance tally last time out. The Brereton Jones’ homebred has fired a pair of bullet morning drills in the interim and could be the main danger to the favorite with a repeat of her latest. This three-year-old has an affinity for the oval, and she will be closing best of all in the lane with Chantal Sutherland aboard. 



CHAMPAGNE ANYONE

Career Racing Stats

10 Starts, 3 Wins, 0 Place, 3 Show

Total Career Earnings: $360,825

Owner: Randall L. Bloch et al's 

Breeder: Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings, LLC

Trainer: Ian Wilkes

Jockey: Chris Landeros

Sire: Street Sense

Dam: Lucevan

Color: Bay

Top BRIS Speed rating (93) when fourth in the Kentucky Oaks (G1)


Grade 2 queen has faced graded foes in seven straight races and should appreciate the class relief in this affair. Ian Wilkes charge is a winner at the trip and could be rounding up to a peak showing in her third start off the shelf. The talented bay will have Chris Landeros in the stirrups. 




COVFEFE

Career Racing Stats

6 Starts, 1 Wins, 0 Place, 1 Show

Total Career Earnings: $483,300

Owner: LNJ Foxwoods 

Breeder: Alexander-Groves Thoroughbreds

Trainer: Brad Cox

Jockey: Shaun Bridgmohan

Sire: Into Mischief

Dam: Antics

Color: Bay

Top BRIS Speed rating (110) in Miss Preakness S. (G3) victory


Courageous Test S. (G1) vixen broke her maiden by more than nine lengths on this course a year ago and looms as the clear one to beat in this affair. The Brad Cox trainee is the most accomplished filly in the field, and she is in fine form leading up to the Dogwood with a pair of bullets drills on the oval most recently. The fleet bay will be forcing the pace from the start beneath Shaun Bridgmohan.