Darley Stable homebred Villanesca broke her maiden at Belmont Park during her sophomore campaign.
The chestnut filly returns to the site of her initial victory on Friday in the 6 1/2-furlong Magnolia Jackson Stakes. The daughter of Grade 2 winner Distorted Humor was broken and trained in Aiken by Tim Jones.
The 4-year-old filly is conditioned at the racetrack by Kiaran McLaughlin, and drew the 2-hole for the added money event, and will have jockey Joel Rosario in the irons for the first time. Villanesca is coming off of a 4-month layoff, will carry 119 pounds, and is 3/1 on the morning line. The Magnolia Jackson will be her second start in stakes company.
The filly has a win over the distance, scoring a 2 1/2-length victory at Aqueduct on Dec. 5, 2012. Villanesca won her last start, a 6-furlong contest on March 1, 2013 at Aqueduct.
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