Nine 3-year-old fillies in search of their first graded stakes win are set to square off June 28 in the $150,000 Boiling Springs Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Monmouth Park in New Jersey.
The Boiling Springs, at 1 1/16 miles on the turf, attracted Pin Oak Stables’ Much Obliged, winner of the inaugural American One-Thousand Guineas at Arlington Park May 24, and Lael Stables’ My Princess Jenna, never worse than second in five career starts.
Much Obliged, trained by Malcolm Pierce, won a maiden special weight event and allowance test, both on the grass, in two starts this winter at Fair Grounds. She then finished sixth in the grade III Appalachian Stakes on the turf at Keeneland before her Arlington victory.
Chris Emigh, aboard at Arlington, is named to ride Much Obliged, a Kentucky homebred daughter of Kingmambo out of the Strawberry Road mare Danka.
My Princess Jenna, trained by Barclay Tagg and to be ridden by Joe Bravo, won the Gaviola Stakes on the grass at Belmont Park in her last start May 8. My Princess Jess, a Florida-bred by Stormy Atlantic out of the Pleasant Colony mare Jewell of Jewels, has been training forwardly at Belmont in advance of her start in the Boiling Springs.
Morris Bailey’s Saki to Me, winner of the off-the-turf Little Silver Stakes at Monmouth in her last start May 31, is has four wins in six starts thus far and will make her turf debut. Stanley Hough trains and Stewart Elliott is named to ride.
The Boiling Springs in the ninth race on a 10-race card at Monmouth, with post time set for 4:52 p.m. EDT.
Here’s field, with jockeys and weights:
1. Yippety Yip, Carlos Marquez Jr., 116 pounds
2. Nicksappealinglady, Elvis Trujillo, 116
3. My Princess Jess, Joe Bravo, 120
4. Encanto Park, Daniel Centeno, 116
5. Saki to Me, Stewart Elliott, 118
6. Forest Trail, Jose Lezcano, 116
7. Dagger, Pedro Cotto Jr., 116
8. Much Obliged, Chris Emigh, 120
9. Namaste’s Wish, Eddie Castro, 118