Dona Bruja (ARG) Ready For Coolmore Jenny Wiley
Keeneland Press Release
Trainer Ignacio Correas IV respects the 10 other accomplished horses in Saturday’s $350,000 Coolmore Jenny Wiley (G1) but is primarily focused on how his own starter, Dom Felipe’s multiple graded stakes winner Dona Bruja (ARG), is training up to the race.
“We respect everybody but we are not scared of anyone,” Correas said. “It’s a Grade 1 at Keeneland.”
After running fourth in the 2017 First Lady (G1) at Keeneland during the Fall Meet, Dona Bruja did not race again until Feb. 10 at Tampa Bay Downs in the Lambholm South Endeavour (G3). She won the race, finishing four lengths ahead of another Coolmore Jenny Wiley entrant, John Oxley’s La Coronel.
“We expected her to run a big race and she did,” Correas said about Dona Bruja.
The 6-year-old Dona Bruja was a Group 1 winner in her native Argentina before coming to the U.S. nearly a year ago and winning the Old Forester Mint Julep (G3) at Churchill Downs. She next won the Modesty (G3) and finished second by a half-length in the Beverly D. (G1) at Arlington.
“She was good last year,” Correas said. “She was unfortunate to lose those two races (Beverly D. and First Lady), but it’s turf racing. You make a mistake, you pay for it. Hopefully we don’t have mistakes (in the Coolmore Jenny Wiley) and we do good.”
Correas said Dona Bruja has been training “lights out.” Since the Endeavour (G3), she has three works over Keeneland’s main track.
“Running in a Grade 1 at Keeneland: It can’t get better than that and you can’t be more excited than that,” he said. “We have our horse the way we want, and that’s all we can do.”