Thirteen 2-year-old fillies, many with an eye on a possible start in the grade I Long John Silver's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies next month, were entered for Saturday's grade III $100,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie at Arlington Park.
The one-turn one-mile Arlington-Washington Lassie is traditionally the main event for 2-year-old fillies in Chicago, but this year the Lassie becomes the final major local prep for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, to be contested at 1 1/8 miles at Arlington Oct. 26.
Saturday's Lassie, held on the same day as the grade III Arlington-Washington Futurity, is part of Arlington Park's "Preview Weekend at the Park," a grouping of four stakes races over the coming weekend held four weeks in advance of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.
Sunday's portion of "Preview Weekend at the Park" consists of the grade II $400,000 Washington Park Handicap and the $150,000 added Sea O' Erin Breeders' Cup Mile.
Nelson Bunker Hunt's Souris, undefeated in two trips to the post, may be a slight favorite in the Lassie. The daughter of Defrere was a two-length victress in the $75,000 Top Flight Stakes, the local prep for the Lassie, on Aug. 31 after breaking her maiden at Arlington earlier that month. Corey Lanerie, who was aboard for her maiden score, reunites with the Steve Asmussen-trained filly.
Sure to be vying for support at the mutuel windows is Godolphin Racing's Ashraaf. A daughter of Deputy Minister, Ashraaf was shipped earlier this month from trainer Eoin Harty's Southern California base to his Arlington operation where she broke her maiden with a 10 1/2-length triumph at the Lassie distance of one mile. Frank Lovato Jr. has the mount.
Trainer Bernie Flint has sent three fillies to contest the Lassie---Tracy Farmer's Wildcat Annie, a two-time winner in Kentucky; Robert D. Nash's Golden Dayjur, second to her stablemate at Turfway Park last time out; and Ed Wright, Miles Childers & L. T. B.'s Daylight Robbery, winner of her last two in the Blue Grass State. Robby Albarado has the riding assignment for Wildcat Annie while Eddie Martin Jr. is slated for the tack astride Golden Dayjur. Elvis Trujillo gets the call aboard Daylight Robbery.
The field, in post order:
Wildcat Annie, Robby Albarado
Bolaro, Alan Sobol
Golden Dayjur, Eddie Martin, Jr.
Glacial Victoire, Jesse Campbell
Ashraaf, Frank Lovato, Jr.
Sea Bloom, Elvis Perrodin
Daylight Robbery, Elvis Trujillo
Classic Moment, Chris Emigh
Explosive Beauty, Mark Guidry
Souris, Corey Lanerie
Parting, Rene Douglas
Moonlight Sonata, Shane Laviolette
Competitive Edge, Pat Day