Minge Cove Looks for Sands Point Upset
-more-By no means has Lucifer's Stone's win streak come easy. The daughter of Horse Chestnut has had to work hard for every score."When she won at Gulfstream, she had to barrel through on the fence," Rice said. "I was a little concerned the Appalachian would be a little short for her, but she did get up after the rider of Western Ransom had whipped her in the face twice coming down the stretch. It looked like she was going past Western Ransom, then all of the sudden she kind of hesitated, but then she went on with it."Rice has intentionally kept the filly's races spaced out so she could be fresh for the grade I races later in the year."If things were to go very well in the Sands Point, we'd have to swing her back quickly to make the American Oaks," Rice said, eyeing Hollywood Park's grade I, $750,000 race at 1 1/4 miles on July 3.Frank Manganaro's Mambo Slew will make her first start on New York turf in the Sands Point. All five of her grass races have been at one mile in California. She won the Miesque (gr. IIIT) last fall and the Blue Norther in January before failing in her last two starts. Mambo Slew last raced April 11 at Santa Anita when she finished 10th in the Providencia after experiencing trouble."She was never able to get through inside," said Patrick Biancone, who trains the filly upstate in Saratoga. "The big issue on Sunday will be how well West Coast horses compare to East Coast horses."Mike Smith has ridden Mambo Slew in her last four starts and will fly in for the mount.Please Take Me Out is the stronger of two horses entered by owner Robert Perez and trainer Alfredo Callejas. Please Take Me Out has lost only once on turf, but has won her last three on the grass including a pacesetting victory in the Miss Grillo (gr. IIIT) here last fall. Cherry's Hunter, a filly who has never run on grass but is bred for it--by Jade Hunter out of a Strawberry Road dam--will join Please Take Me Out in the gate for Perez and Callejas.The top two finishers from the May 27 Terpsichorist Stakes, Delta Sensation and Savage Beauty, will try a graded stakes on turf for the first time in the Sands Point. Trainer Bobby Frankel has entered a pair in Gracefully and Miss Coronado, both of whom will be making their first starts in New York.Sands Point Stakes (gr. IIIT),3-year-old fillies, 1 1/8 miles, turf, Belmont Park, Sunday, June 13
PP, Horse, Trainer, Jockey, Wgt.
1, Savage Beauty, H. Allen Jerkens, Richard Migliore 115
2, Miss Coronado, Bobby Frankel, Jerry Bailey, 122
3, Minge Cove, Allen Iwinski, Chris DeCarlo, 119
4, Mambo Slew, Patrick Biancone, Mike Smith, 122
5, Lucifer's Stone, Linda Rice, Jose Santos, 122
6, Serendipitous, H. James Bond, Mike Luzzi, 115
7, Gracefully, Bobby Frankel, Javier Castellano, 115
8, Delta Sensation, Frank Alexander, Jorge Chavez, 119
9a, Cherry's Hunter, Alfredo Calleja,s Fernando Jara, 115
10a, Please Take Me Out, Alfredo Callejas, Aaron Gryder, 119
11, Vous, Timothy Hills. Victor Fernandez. 119
12, Fortunate Damsel. P.G. Johnson. Shaun Bridgmohan. 115
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