Ashado, the runner-up in last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), sat out the Acorn as Pletcher elected to keep the filly fresh for the second half of the year. In three starts this year, her only defeat came in the Ashland (gr. I) at Keeneland when Madcap Escapade went gate to wire. Irving Cowan's Society Selection finished second behind Island Sand in the Acorn. She also has a grade I win over the track, taking the Frizette last fall.
"The winner's going to be tough again," Hall of Fame trainer H. Allen Jerkens said. "There are a lot of good three-year-old fillies."
Society Selection was outkicked in the Acorn and gets a jockey change to Edgar Prado for the Mother Goose."I'd rather she come from behind in a race where there's a fast pace in front of her," Jerkens said. "But in order to become a great horse you have to learn to do it all. You can't be one-dimensional."The field for Saturday's $300,000 Mother Goose (gr. I) includes:
1-- Daydreaming (Jerry Bailey)
2-- Stellar Jayne (Robby Albarado)
3-- Island Sand (Terry Thompson)
4-- Ashado (John Velazquez)
5-- Miss Coronado (Jose Santos)
6-- Society Selection (Edgar Prado)
All starters carry 121 lbs.
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