Trio of Graded Stakes Winners Lead Pimlico Breeders' Cup Distaff Handicap Field
Roar Emotion enters the race off a third-place effort in the April 16 Doubledogdare Stakes (gr.III) at Keeneland. The Kiaran McLaughlin trainee finished fourth in the March 14 Rampart Handicap (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park.
John Velazquez has the mount aboard the 4-year-old daughter of Roar. The pair, who breaks from post five, is listed at 2/1 on the morning line.Following her disappointing effort in the Sabin, 5-year-old Smok'n Frolic rebounded to score an impressive six-length win in the March 14 Next Move Handicap (gr. III), going 1 1/8 miles at Aqueduct. Most recently the daughter of Smoke Glacken finished second, two lengths back, in the Bed o' Roses Breeders' Cup Handicap. Trainer Todd Pletcher will give a leg up to jockey Edgar Prado. The pair will break from post eight and is listed at 5/2 on the morning line.The field for Friday's $150,000 Pimlico Breeders' Cup Distaff Handicap (gr. III) includes:
1 -- Saintly Action (Jerry Bailey, 12/1)
2 -- Nonsuch Bay (Velasquez, 9/2)
3 -- Friel's for Real (Abel Castellano Jr., 12/1)
4 -- Redoubled Miss (Ramon Dominguez, 20/1)
5 -- Roar Emotion (Velazquez, 2/1)
6 -- Gazillion (Steve Hamilton, 20/1)
7 -- Angela's Love (Mark Guidry, 8/1)
8 -- Smok'n Frolic (Prado, 5/2)
9 -- Fircroft (Pat Day, 8/1)
10 -- Shiny Sheet (Jeremy Rose, 20/1)
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