Two fillies unbeaten in three starts will hook up in the Cotillion Handicap (gr. II) Saturday at Philadelphia Park.
The 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies drew a field of seven, including undefeated Indian Vale and Nothing But Fun.
Indian Vale, a Eugene Melnyk homebred, broke her maiden at Monmouth Park in July and then shipped to Saratoga. At the upstate New York track, the daughter of A.P. Indy
won two nine-furlong allowance races very impressively, the first by 13 lengths and the second by 10 3/4 lengths.
As part of a promotion to raise funds for hurricane victims, retired jockey Angel Cordero Jr. will ride Indian Vale for trainer Todd Pletcher.
Nothing But Fun, by Dixie Union
, has made all three of her starts in New York for owner Barry Schwartz and trainer Michael Hushion. She broke her maiden at Belmont in May and then took an allowance race there in June. On Aug. 25, she won the Victory Ride Stakes at Saratoga.
Richard Migliore, who has been aboard in all three of her starts, will have the call again on Nothing But Fun.
The Cotillion has a very solid field. Also entered is Yolanda B. Too, who ran third in the grade I Gazelle in her first stakes try; Pennsylvania Oaks winner Amazing Buy; stakes winner I'mtoogoodtobetrue, who has never been off the board in nine races; Shebelongstoyou, who won the Without Feathers Stakes in her last start; and graded stakes winner Toll Taker.
Cordero is one of the legendary figures in the sport. The 62-year-old retired from riding in 1992 after a spill almost cost him his life. He has remained active in the game, galloping horses in the morning for Pletcher and serving as agent for top jockey John Velazquez. Elected into racing's Hall of Fame in 1988, Cordero is the sport's seventh all-time winningest jockey with 7,057 career victories. Twice an Eclipse winner (1982 & 1983), he won six classic races. He also has four Breeders Cup wins on his resume.
Cordero announced that he will donate 25% of any money he earns Saturday to the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. The owner of Indian Vale, Eugene Melnyk, will do likewise.
The field, in post order, with weights, and jockey assignments:
1 Toll Taker 118 Aaron Gryder
2 Nothing But Fun 115 Richard Migliore
3 Shebelongstoyou 117 Stewart Elliott
4 Yolanda B. Too 117 (no rider)
5 Indian Vale 114 Angel Cordero, Jr.
6 I'mtoogoodtobetrue 115 (no rider)
7 Amazing Buy 120 Harry Vega