Ariege Looks Tough in Eatontown
Updated: Saturday, June 6, 2009 1:59 PM
Posted: Thursday, June 4, 2009 5:35 PM
2008 Santa Anita Oaks winner Ariege makes her 2009 graded stakes debut in the Eatontown.Order This Photo
Ariege, last year’s Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I) winner, makes her 2009 graded stakes debut when facing seven rivals in the $150,000 Eatontown Handicap (gr. IIIT) June 7 on the Monmouth Park turf.
Among those Ariege will face is Social Queen
, winner of the 2008 Eatontown and victor of last month’s Gallorette Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Pimlico. A 1 1/16-mile trek for fillies and mares 3 and up, the Eatontown will go to post at 4:50 p.m. EDT.
Owned by Stronach Stables and trained by Bobby Frankel, Ariege won a pair of graded stakes as a 3-year-old in 2008, shortly after shipping in from Europe. In addition to the Santa Anita Oaks, in which she won by a half-length in come-from-behind fashion, she took the Stonerside Beaumont (gr. II) at Keeneland. Both of those scores came on artificial surfaces.
A 4-year-old daughter of Doneraile Court—Kostroma, by Caerleon, Ariege’s strongest effort on the grass came when finishing third, beaten only three parts of a length, in the grade I Garden City on the yielding going at Belmont last September. The dark bay filly opened this season with a wire-to-wire, two-turn triumph in allowance company on Keeneland’s lawn April 17. Julien Leparoux, aboard for that most recent win, will keep the mount.
Ariege, who was purchased for $1.8 million last year, was bred in Kentucky by Calumet. She has produced a 5-1-2 record from 11 starts with earnings of $528,485.
Richard Santulli’s Social Queen won the 2008 Eatontown by a neck over Chestoria, who also returns for the race. The daughter of Dynaformer has done her best running over the Monmouth turf course, winning four of six starts there, including a pair of minor stakes. Javier Castellano will ride for Alan Goldberg.
E El R Stable’s Chestoria
has not started at Monmouth since her tough defeat in the Eatontown, but has bagged a pair of minor turf stakes for her trainer, William Badgett Jr. The 5-year-old Chester House
mare has garnered a solid 5-2-1 record from 15 starts in her career. Rajiv Maragh will be in the irons.
Another starter who just missed to Social Queen is Jedburgh Stud’s All Is Vanity
. The French-bred daughter of Gold Away
battled Social Queen down the stretch in the May 16 Gallorette, but came up a head short under Alan Garcia. Christophe Clement trains the 5-year-old mare.
$150,000 Eatontown Handicap (gr. IIIT, Race 9, 4:50 p.m.), Fillies & Mares 3 & Up, 1 1/16 Miles (Turf)
PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer
1. Chestoria (NY), R Maragh, 116, W Badgett, Jr.
2. Follow My Dream (NY), C C Lopez, 116, C O'Brien
3. Ariege (KY), J R Leparoux, 118, R J Frankel
4. All Is Vanity (FR), J Bravo, 116, C Clement
5. Quiet Meadow (FL), E Trujillo, 118, C C Brown
6. Social Queen (KY), J Castellano, 120, A E Goldberg
7. Sugar Baby Love (GER), C H Marquez Jr., 116, R E Nicks
8. Elusive Lady (FL), R Migliore, 116, J C Kimmel
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