Jockey Edgar Prado rides One Caroline for trainer Rusty Arnold in the 1 1/8 miles Rampart as the roan/gray daughter of Unbridled’s Song bids for her third straight victory of the meet and fifth overall all after winning her first two starts at Churchill Downs last spring at 1 1/16 miles.
Javier Castellano will have the mount on Ginger Brew as she bids to bounce back from a rough trip when fifth on turf as the favorite in the Endeavour Stakes (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs on Feb. 14. That race marked her first off-the-board performance in 10 career starts for trainer Brian Lynch, who sent out Stronach Stable’s Spring Waltz to capture last year’s edition of the Rampart.
A Canadian homebred chestnut by Milwaukee Brew, Ginger Brew won two of three starts at Gulfstream last year after a winning debut as a 2-year-old at Woodbine. She went back to Canada after winning the Calder Oaks in late April and romped home a six-length winner of the Woodbine Oaks and just missed by a head two weeks later finishing second against male rivals in the prestigious Queens Plate.
Trainer Nick Zito sends out Tomisue Hilbert and John Menard’s 5-year-old homebred Striking Tomisue with Jermaine Bridgmohan aboard. The daughter of Smart Strike has won her last two starts, a one-mile allowance here on Feb. 8 and the Wayward Lass Stakes going 1 1/16 miles at Tampa Bay Downs on Feb. 28.
Completing the field for the 30th running of the Rampart are Mr. and Mrs. Leverette Miller’s So Glitzy, Elvis Trujillo; Lael Stable’s Hamsa, Jose Lezcano; Darley Stable’s Sea Chanter, Chris DeCarlo; and J. Mack Robinson’s African Violet, Julien Leparoux.