Fresh off a victory in the Sept. 1 Inaugural Stakes at Presque Isle Downs, Miss A. Bomb figures to be the one to beat in the Oct. 6 Safely Kept Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) at Laurel Park.
The 3-year-old daughter of Lemon Drop Kid , who has raced most of her career on Polytrack, won her stakes debut as a juvenile in the Gowell Stakes at Turfway Park. She now boasts a career record of 3-2-3 from 11 starts and earnings of $161,091.
Trained by Trained by Grant Hofmans, Miss A. Bomb was bred in Kentucky by William Gould, who co-owns the filly with Dick Colvin.
"(Miss A. Bomb) is a very good looking filly--she has a strong, big hind end and is very pretty," Hofmans said after Miss A. Bomb's Inaugural victory. "She's a mean, mean filly, which is what I like. Good fillies usually are mean."
Also sure to bring her talents to the table is the Distorted Humor filly Change Up, the richest runner in the seven-horse Safely Kept field with earnings of $210,482. Though Change Up is lightly raced, having only made one previous start this year, she won the Pocahontas Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs as a juvenile and has only finished off the board once in seven starts.
Trained by Steve Margolis, she is owned by Richard, Bertram, and Elaine Klein. Change Up, who has raced her entire career on dirt, will enter the Safely Kept off a third in the July 22 Post Deb Stakes at Monmouth Park.
Not to be overlooked are other 2007 stakes winners Ticket to Seattle and Sindy With an S, who respectively won the May 19 Peach Blossom Stakes at Delaware Park and the June 2 Manhattan Beach Stakes on turf at Hollywood Park. Rounding out the field are 2006 black-type winner Changeisgonnacome, graded stakes-placed Half Time Crown, and allowance winner Russian Gypsy.
With the exception of Changeisgonnacome, who ran second in the 2006 Selima Stakes on the Laurel Park turf, all the fillies entered in the Safely Kept will be racing for the first time at the Maryland track.
Safely Kept Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III), $200,000, Oct. 6, six furlongs, 5:37 p.m. EDT
PP. Horse, Weight, Jockey
1. Changeisgonnacome, 116, Julian Pimentel
2. Change Up, 120, Jesus Lopez Castanon
3. Russian Gypsy, 116, Channing Hill
4. Miss A. Bomb, 120, Horacio Karamanos
5. Half Time Crown, 116, Luis Garcia
6. Sindy With an S, 116, Jeremy Rose
7. Ticket to Seattle, 116, Kendrick Carmouche