Nine Fillies to Compete in Azalea Breeders' Cup

Nine Fillies to Compete in Azalea Breeders' Cup
Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt
Time's Mistress, shown winning the Miss Preakness Stakes, looks to extend her winning streak in the Azalea.
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Atlanta Highway will try to set sail in graded stakes company as she takes on Time's Mistress in the $300,000 Azalea Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) during Calder Race Course's Summit of Speed July 7. Both 3-year-old fillies are looking to extend their winning streak to three.

In her last start, Atlanta Highway succeeded in her first attempt at stakes company by winning the May 28 Stonerside Stakes at Lone Star Park. Andrew Leggio Jr. trains the Chief Seattle filly for her owner/breeder Dr. Dede McGehee, who bred her out of the Tricky Creek mare Love Shack Baby and is a fan of the B-52's.

Time's Mistress comes into the Azalea off of a win in an allowance race at Churchill Downs June 23. One race prior to that victory, the Mr. Greeley filly won the May 18 Adena Stallions' Miss Preakness Stakes (gr.  III), and she also took the March 16 Honeybee Stakes for trainer D. Wayne Lukas and owner Charles Kidder. She carries top weight of 121 pounds for the six-furlong contest, while Atlanta Highway has been assigned 118 pounds.

Secretsoftheheart, who won the Joe O'Farrell Juvenile Fillies Stakes as a juvenile, will also carry 118 pounds. The Shawn Musgrave trainee is making her first start since February, when she finished fifth behind Dream Rush in the Old Hat Stakes (gr. III). Carl Bowling bred and owns the gray Put It Back filly.

Recent stakes winners Sindy With an S and Cher Ami will also be trying to earn their first graded stakes victory. A daughter of Broken Vow  , Sindy With an S won the June 2 Manhattan Beach Stakes at Hollywood Park in her last start for trainer Mike Mitchell and owners Tommy Hutton's Dream Stable, Dean Gulla, and Denise Mitchell. She will carry 116 pounds.

Cher Ami, who will carry 114 pounds, was an easy winner in her last two races, the Harmony Lodge and Swept Away Stakes. Larry Bates conditions the Lost Solider filly for Eric and Albert Wirth.

Mountain Tiger, Holly Torque Tango, Sheets, and Miss A. Bomb round out the field. They will carry 114 pounds each.

$300,000 Azalea Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III), 3-year-old fillies, six furlongs:
PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight
1. Sindy With an S, Aaron Gryder, 116
2. Mountain Tiger, Sebastian Madrid, 114
3. Cher Ami, Carlos Olivero, 114
4. Atlanta  Highway, Carlos Gonzalez, 118
5. Secretsoftheheart, Abdiel Toribio, 118
6. Holly Torque Tango, Clinton Potts, 114
7. Sheets, Robby Albarado, 114
8. Miss A. Bomb, Abel Castellano Jr., 114
9. Time's Mistress, Cornelio Velasquez, 121

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