Keeneland's Madison Stakes Contenders Announced for Saturday 4/9/22

Post Position Horse and Morning Line Odds
1 Cilla (20-1)
2 Center Aisle (12-1)
3 Lady Rocket (5-2)
4 Just One Time (8-1)
5 Bell’s the One (7-2)
6 Kimari (2-1)
7 Four Graces (15-1)
8 Club Car (15-1)
9 Kalypso (15-1)
10 Tiz Splendid News (15-1)

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Defending Champion Kimari Tops Madison Field

Westerberg Limited, Mrs. John Magnier, Jonathan Poulin, Derrick Smith and Michael Tabor’s Kimari will attempt to become the first repeat winner of the $500,000 Madison Stakes (G1) on April 9 when she faces nine other fillies and mares in the seven-furlong main track test.

One of two Grade 1 stakes on Saturday’s 11-race program, the Madison will go as the afternoon’s seventh race with a 3:55 p.m. ET post time. First post Saturday is 12:30 p.m.

Trained by Wesley Ward who also won the Madison in 2014 with Judy the Beauty, Kimari returned from a four-month layoff following a seventh-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1) at Del Mar by winning a 6½-furlong allowance test at Gulfstream as the 1-20 favorite by 5¼ lengths.

Tyler Gaffalione has the mount Saturday and will break from post position six.

Back to challenge Kimari is Lothenbach Stable’s Bell’s the One, who finished three-quarters of a length back in a dead-heat for second in last year’s race.

A two-time Grade 2 winner at Keeneland in her career in which she has earned more than $1.5 million, Bell’s the One will be making her first start since winning the Dream Supreme (L) at Churchill Downs last November. Trained by Neil Pessin, Bell’s the One will break from post position five under regular rider Corey Lanerie.