A talented field of nine fillies and mares will challenge Courtlandt Farms' Film Maker in Saturday's $200,000 All Along Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Colonial Downs, going 1 1/8-miles on the turf.
Film Maker won The Queen Elizabeth II Cup (gr. IT) and the Lake George Stakes (gr. IIIT) last year as a 3-year-old. The All Along will be the third start of the year for the daughter of Dynaformer. Film Maker was beaten a half-length by Ocean Drive in the Gallorette Handicap (gr. IIIT) last out. Trainer H. Graham Motion has named Edgar Prado to ride.
Challenging Film Maker will be Sand Springs, who scored a frontrunning win last summer in the Lake Placid Handicap (gr. IIT), defeating Film Maker by three-quarters of a length. Sand Springs has yet to visit the winners circle in 2004, having finished second, third and fourth in three straight grade III's. Anthony Reinstedler trains the 4-year-old Dynaformer filly.
Michael Matz' Brazilian-import High Court is another filly with a promising future. A group I winner in her native Brazil, High Court won Fort Monmouth Stakes in her North American debut. The Blush Rambler filly is six for nine lifetime.
Lady Linda will attempt to improve on her second place finish in the All Along last year. The 6-year-old Torrential mare was gaining ground in the stretch last year, falling only a half-length short of heavy favorite Dress To Thrill. The Mary Eppler-trainee is two for three on the Colonial turf.
Virginia-bred With Patience will try for her first graded stakes win in the All Along. With Patience was third in the Gallorette. The With Approval mare is two for two on the Secretariat Turf Course.
Also entered are Tanwi Spring, Brandala, Romancin Dixie and Noisette.