The Demoiselle Stakes (gr. II), an important race for juvenile fillies under early consideration for the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), drew a full field of 10 promising young females Nov 26 headlined by previous stakes winners Lady Cohiba and Awalkinthemoonlite.
The 1 1/8-mile Aqueduct race, named for the French word for “young woman,” is the sixth race on the card and is slated for a 2:22 p.m. post. The Demoiselle is one of four graded events on the Aqueduct program. The others are the Cigar Mile Handicap (gr. I), the Gazelle Stakes (gr. I), and the Remsen Stakes (gr. II).
Lady Cohiba will shoulder co-highweight of 119 pounds with Awalkinthemoonlite in the Demoiselle.
Trained by Christophe Clement for Charlotte Weber’s Live Oak Plantation, Lady Cohiba has only two career starts under her belt, but both have resulted in victories. She broke her maiden by three-quarters of a length going a mile at Belmont Park Oct. 21. She followed that with a 3 1/2-length score in the Nov. 16 May Night Stakes, also at a mile at Aqueduct.
A $240,000 Keeneland September yearling purchase in 2010, Lady Cohiba is by Broken Vow , out of the Cat Thief mare Cohiba Miss. She was bred in Kentucky by Mike Rutherford.
Jockey Jose Lezcano, who has been aboard for Lady Cohiba’s previous two starts, has the riding assignment again on the chestnut filly. The pair will break from post 9.
Awalkinthemoonlite, a daughter of Repent—My Oasis, by Meadowlake, will race for the first time on dirt in the Demoiselle. Owned by Earl Trostrud Jr. and David Machtemes, the dark bay or brown filly has excelled on turf thus far. She broke her maiden by three lengths on the Arlington Park strip Sept. 24, and then captured the Gold Digger Stakes over Hawthorne Park’s grass Oct. 3. Both races were contested at a mile.
Awalkinthemoonlite was bred in Florida by Claire Silva and is trained by Michael Reavis. Jockey Timothy Thornton, who has guided the filly to both of her victories, will be aboard again in the Demoiselle. They will break from post 6.
Another filly to consider is Francis Paolangeli’s New York homebred Wildcat's Smile. The highest earner of the Demoiselle contenders with a bankroll of $231,597, Wildcat’s Smile is the third stakes winner out of her dam, Serenity’s Smile (by Dixie Brass).
The daughter of Forest Wildcat scored her big victory in six-furlong New York Breeders’ Futurity at Finger Lakes Oct. 1 and has placed in two other restricted black-type contests on the New York circuit.
Wildcat’s Smile ran second in the Sept. Lady Finger in her stakes debut at Finger Lakes and enters the Demoiselle off another runner-up effort in the Oct. 22 Joseph A. Gimma Stakes at Belmont Park. She will stretch out to two turns for the first time in the Demoiselle.
$200,000 Demoiselle Stakes (gr. II, Race 6, 2:22 p.m.), 2YO Fillies, 1 1/8 Miles (Dirt)
PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer
1. Captivating Lass (KY), A Garcia, 115, K P McLaughlin
2. Brown Eyed Nance (KY), J R Velazquez, 115, S L DiMauro
3. Wildcat’s Smile (NY), J Alvarado, 115, D G Galluscio
4. Bourbonstreetgirl (KY), D Cohen, 115, G C Contessa
5. Dreaming of Cara (NY), J F Chavez, 115, M E Friedman
6. Awalkinthemoonlite (FL), T Thornton, 119, L Rivelli
7. Disposablepleasure (KY), R A Dominguez, 115, T A Pletcher
8. Wee Party (KY), R Maragh, 115, W I Mott
9. Lady Cohiba (KY), J Lezcano, 119, C Clement
10. Indyniable (KY) C S Nakatani, 115, C Clement
Coupled Entries—Wee Party, Lady Cohiba