Ladies Day and the Cotillion Stakes

Saturday October 3, 2009: Philadelphia Park

A jockey’s valet heads to the paddock, wearing a pink shirt and hat in place of the usual green. October 3rd was the inaugural Ladies Day at the Races at Philadelphia Park. Only mares and fillies raced.
Provided For, a 6-yr-old mare, is led to the paddock before race 8, one of four National Lady Riders Challenge Races on the eleven-race card, for female jockeys only.
Carol Cedeno waits in the walking ring for her eighth-race mount, Becky’s Exchange.
Becky’s Exchange and Riveting near the finish in a one-mile allowance race on the turf.
Cedeno and Becky’s Exchange win by two lengths. Except in the Cotillion Stakes, all the horses wore pink saddle cloths on Ladies Day.
Gia Nina, owned and trained by Steve Klesaris, walks in the paddock before race 9.
Shy Baby awaits the start of race 9, six furlongs on the dirt.
On the Menu, trained by Larry Jones and ridden by Gabriel Saez, wins the ninth race.
On the Menu leaves the winner’s circle after race 9.
Careless Jewel arrives at the paddock for race 10, the Grade II Fitz Dixon Cotillion Stakes. The Canadian-based filly, trained by Josie Carroll, won the Delaware Oaks in July and the Alabama at Saratoga in Auguust.
Careless Jewel wears diamonds on her hip as she walks in the paddock: decorative quarter marks brushed into her coat.
Assistant trainer Roque Romero leads Cotillion contender Bon Jovi Girl around the walking ring.
Cindy Jones brings her filly Just Jenda to the paddock for the Cotillion.

Race 10 begins: from left, Mary’s Follies, Bon Jovi Girl, Just Jenda, Key Lime Baby, Cat Moves, Careless Jewel.
Careless Jewel races down the stretch; Key Lime Baby follows.
Careless Jewel wins the Cotillion Stakes by three and a half lengths.
Runner up Bon Jovi Girl, right, with Anna Rose Napravnik, and fourth-place finisher Just Jenda, Gabriel Saez up, return to the unsaddling area.
Careless Jewel and Robert Landry, her regular jockey, head to the winner’s circle.
The Cotillion win was the filly’s fifth in six starts. Her next race was the Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic at Santa Anita on November 6th, where she took the early lead in the field of eight, extending it to nine lengths before tiring and finishing last.
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