After two losses to open the 2003 campaign, My Boston Gal faces a deep field in Thursday's $250,000 Stonerside Beaumont Stakes (gr. II) at about seven furlongs for 3-year-old fillies at Keeneland.
The daughter of Boston Harbor, undefeated in three races at 2, was fifth in the 1 1/16-mile Davona Dale (gr. II) on Feb. 23 and second in the 1 1/8-mile Bonnie Miss (gr. II) on March 14, both at Gulfstream. In 2002, she won the 1 1/16-mile Golden Rod (gr. II) at Churchill Downs.
With trainer Carl Nafzger looking for a strong effort from My Boston Gal if she is to move forward to the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) on May 2, she's part of a quality field of nine that includes four fillies coming out of stakes victories.
Leading her rivals are Midnight Cry, who won the seven-furlong Stonerside Forward Gal Stakes (gr. III) by 2 3/4 lengths at Gulfstream on March 14, and Adopted Daughter, winner of the one-mile Bourbonette at Turfway Park on March 22.
Elegant Designer, who defeated Midnight Cry by two lengths in the seven-furlong NTRA Great Race State Challenge Juvenile Fillies at Sam Houston on Dec. 7, enters with six wins in her last seven races. She won the March 1 Busher Stakes at Aqueduct at 1 1/16 mile most recently.
Bird Town won the Charon Stakes at seven furlongs by 12 1/2 lengths at Gulfstream on Feb. 23.
Perfect Story, a half sister to 2001 Horse of the Year Point Given, was fourth in the Davona Dale.$250,000 Stonerside Beaumont Stakes (gr. II), 3-year-old fillies, about 7 furlongs
PP. Horse, Jockey, Wgt., ML Odds
1. Chimichurri, John Velazquez, 118, 8-1
2. Wild Light, Jerry Bailey, 116, 12-1
3. My Boston Gal, Pat Day, 120, 7-2;
4. Perfect Story, Kent Desormeaux, 116, 4-1
5. Adopted Daughter, Robby Albarado, 118, 15-1
6. Elegant Designer, Mario Pino, 118, 8-1
7. Bird Town, Eibar Coa, 118, Nick Zito, 5-1
8. Vibs, Jose Santos, 116, 6-1
9. Midnight Cry, Edgar Prado, 118, 4-1