Devil May Care, the only filly to race in the 2010 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), makes her first start since finishing 10th in that race when she goes to post as the probable favorite in the $250,000 Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I) June 26 at Belmont.
Devil May Care is one of three entrants for trainer Todd Pletcher in the Mother Goose, which drew a short but competitive field. Pletcher has won the event twice, in 1998 with Jersey Girl and in 2007 with Octave.
The Mother Goose has been run at 1 1/8 miles since 1959 but was shortened to 1 1/16 miles this year.
Glencrest Farm’s Devil May Care was in contention until the top of the stretch in the May 1 Kentucky Derby but faded badly in the final furlong. Prior to that, she had won three of five starts, including a dominating victory in the Bonnie Miss (gr. II) March 20 at Gulfstream Park. As a juvenile, the daughter of Malibu Moon won the grade I Frizette Stakes at Belmont.
John Velazquez keeps the mount on Devil May Care, who was bred by Diamond A Racing and is out of the Red Ransom mare Kelli’s Ransom. She has earned $399,000 from six starts.
Pletcher’s other chances are with Ailalea and Katy Now. Starlight Partners’ Ailalea won for the first time in four starts this season last out in the Dogwood Stakes (gr. III) May 29 at Churchill. The Pulpit filly raced close to the pace in the one-mile contest, holding on for a one-length score under Calvin Borel. Edgar Prado has the mount this time.
As a juvenile, Ailalea won the Tempted Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct one start after breaking her maiden at Belmont.
Mill House’s Katy Now enters on a three-race win streak and will make her stakes debut. The Tiznow filly rolled to a 4 1/2-length second-level allowance victory May 28 at six furlongs. This will be her first try at more than one mile. Kent Desormeaux has the call.
Had it not been for a bad trip, Brereton Jones’ Biofuel may have won the Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) last November at Santa Anita. The daughter of Stormin Fever was bumped badly near the eighth-pole when making a huge run on the outside. She continued to close well but fell 1 1/2 lengths in back of the winner and eventual champion 2-year-old filly She Be Wild.
Based at Woodbine for trainer Reade Baker, Biofuel has remained in good form as a 3-year-old, winning both Polytrack starts. She won the Star Shoot Stakes in April and most recently came from off the pace to take the 1 1/16-mile La Lorgnette Stakes. This will be Biofuel’s first start on dirt. Regular rider Eurico Rosa Da Silva has the mount.
Rounding out the field is Brooklyn Boyz Stables’ Connie and Michael, who finished eighth in the BC Juvenile Fillies. But Connie and Michael seemed to relish the dirt in her first try on that surface last month, going gate-to-wire for a 5 1/4-length allowance win at Churchill Downs in her season debut. The daughter of Roman Ruler is trained by Ken McPeek.
The 2009 Mother Goose went to post with a field of only three and was won by Rachel Alexandra by a record 19 1/4 lengths.
$250,000 Mother Goose (gr. I, Race 9, 5:17 p.m.), 3YO Fillies, 1 1/16 Miles (Dirt) PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer 1 Biofuel (KY), E R Da Silva, 121, R Baker
2 Ailalea (KY), E S Prado, 121, T A Pletcher
3 Devil May Care (KY), J R Velazquez, 121, T A Pletcher
4 Connie and Michael (KY), R Maragh, 121, K G McPeek
5 Katy Now (KY), K J Desormeaux, 121, T A Pletcher