Pimlico: May 17 Undercard Stakes Rundown

Skipat Stakes Presented by Finlandia 

Copperville Farm's Dance to Bristol, not worse than second in 14 of 15 career starts, put on quite a show with an easy victory in the $100,000 Skipat Stakes Presented by Finlandia for fillies and mares May 17 at Pimlico Race Course (VIDEO).

Trained by Ollie Figgins III and ridden by Xavier Perez, Dance to Bristol closely followed an early duel
between Orange's Lil Sis and grade II winner Funnys Approval through the first three furlongs. She collared the former at the eighth pole to draw away under wraps for her second stakes victory in a row.
 
The 4-year-old Speightstown   filly, bred in Kentucky by Mr. and Mrs. David Garner, won the $200,000 Sugar Maple Stakes at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races by nine lenghts in her last start April 20. The second-place finisher, Holiday Soiree, subsequently finished third in the Humana Distaff Stakes (gr. I) at Churchill Downs, while third-place finisher Bayonne won the Kattegat's Pride Starter Handicap at Pimlico May 17.
 
Fractions for the Skipat, named for a top Mid-Atlantic region race mare from the 1970s, were :23.66 and :47.17 on a fast track. Dance to Bristol completed the six furlongs in 1:11.86 while under no urging from Perez.
 
Dance to Bristol paid $3.60 to win and topped a $26.60 exacta. She finished 4 3/4 lengths ahead of Orange's Lil Sis, a former claimer that had won her last four starts on the rise. Kalambaka Queen finished 2 1/4 lengths back in third, with Pretty Miss Trippi fourth.–Tom LaMarra
 
Miss Preakness Pink Warrior Stakes, Presented by HRTV

Favored at 4-5 in a field of eight sophomore fillies, I'm Mom's Favorite held on to victory in the shadow of the wire—but only by a nose over late-charging 52-1 shot Flattering Bea—in the $100,000 Miss Preakness Pink Warrior Stakes (VIDEO). The daughter of Indian Charlie had work to do coming off the turn, passing pacesetter Tread and other foes after racing in the second tier for the early part of the six-furlong sprint.

Tread set opening  fractions of :22.85, :46.42, and five eighths in :59.31 before giving over the lead. I'm Mom's Favorite and jockey Sheldon Russell closed with a strong move from far back to mow her down in deep stretch, but Flattering Bea was also flying on the far outside. 

The two hit the wire together with I'm Mom's Favorite victorious for trainer Anthony Dutrow and CJZ Racing Stable. The victory was her first in a stakes and her third overall; she came off an April 13 allowance win at Pimlico where she rolled by seven lengths after leading from the half to the wire.

Final time was 1:12.51, with I'm Mom's Favorite returning $3.80, $2.60, and $2.40. Flattering Bea paid $24.40 and $8, while Lighthouse Bay ($4.80) completed the $490.60 trifecta. Tread was fourth while Jewel of a Cat, Big Sky Country, Livin Peace, and Cheetah Pants completed the order of finish. Mellonbrook, Sense of Reality, and Blueeyesintherein scratched.

Bred in Kentucky by Tom VanMeter, Reiley McDonald, and John McKathan out of the Storm Cat mare Charming Toutsie, the bay filly was a $150,000 purchase by Charles J. Zacney from the 2012 Fasig-Tipton midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training when consigned by McKathan Bros. The victory improved her record to 3-1-1 from five starts, with earnings of $138,940. Two starts back, she was third in the March 16 Cicada Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack.–Claire Novak

The Very One Stakes

Three Lyons Racing's Sensible Lady continued to show her affinity for the turf at Pimlico Race Course when she rallied through traffic in a large field to take the $100,000 The Very One Stakes at the wire May 17 (VIDEO) .

The 4-year-old Kentucky-bred filly by Street Sense   is now 3-for-3 at Pimlico and 8-for-15 overall. She has won four of five starts at The Very One distance of five furlongs on grass.

Sensible Lady, trained by Tim Salzman and ridden by Angel Serpa, broke last from post 3, gradually gained ground along the rail, had to find racing room behind the three leaders in the stretch and just got up to nail Nechez Dawn by a neck.

The fractions on firm turf were :22.12 for the opening quarter-mile and :44.75 for the half-mile. Sensible Lady completed the distance in :56.57 on firm turf.

Nechez Dawn was second, a length ahead of Donna Getyourgun. Nastar Medallist was a head back in fourth in the 14-horse field of fillies and mares.

The winner paid $9.20 as the second choice and capped a $70.20 exacta. Favored Sweet Cassiopeia finished an even sixth.–Tom LaMarra

Hilltop Stakes

It's tough to beat Joel Rosario these days.

Fresh off a victory in the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II) with Fiftyshadesofhay, the top jockey returned two races later to take the $100,000 Hilltop Stakes on Emotional Kitten (VIDEO).

Ken and Sarah Ramsey's homebred daughter of Kitten's Joy   ran 1 1/16 miles on the turf in 1:41.98, getting up by a nose over even-money favorite Summer of Fun when she mounted a rally from last on the far outside.

Emotional Kitten stumbled at the start and raced well off a pace set by Birdlover, who held about 1 1/2 lengths of an advantage over Miss Lucky Sevens while registering fractions of :23.24, :46.77, and 1:10.58 on a firm course. Fanned six-wide after a mile in 1:35.56, Rosario set his mount down for the drive.

Summer of Fun looked to have the victory on the inside after collaring the front two, but Emotional Kitten's final surge won the bob. The winner returned $12, $4.20, and $2.80 at 5-1 odds. Summer of Fun paid $3 and $2.40, and 16-1 shot Zenzara, 1 1/4 lengths farther back in third, paid $5.40.

Miss Lucky Sevens, Premier Steps, Birdlover, and Le Fascinator completed the order of finish. Hold Our Destiny, Kitten's Point, Listen Boy, and The Tea Cups scratched.

The winner improved her record for trainer Wesley Ward to 3-1-2 from 10 starts, with earnings of $133,815. Bred in Pennsylvania out of the Ghazi mare Silent Emotion, Emotional Kitten came off a nose victory April 7 going the same distance at Keeneland, also under Rosario with a similar surging run.– Claire Novak

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