The $200,000 Endine Handicap (gr. III), which drew multiple graded stakes winner Mandy's Gold among the 14 fillies and mares entered, tops the Owners' Day festivities to be held at Delaware Park Saturday.
Forest Heiress romped home Friday at Pimlico in The Very One Stakes, a race decimated by scratches after heavy rains forced its movement from the turf to the main track. Under Pat Day, Forest Heiress sat third in the early going, then as they straightened away for home, came through a wide spot on the rail and eased home.
Grade I-winning daughter of Mr. Greeley has not raced since October, but is one of six horses entered in Gulfstream's Shirley Jones Handicap.
Eugene and Laura Melnyk's Harmony Lodge, with John Velazquez riding, circled the field on the turn for home and went on win the $100,000 First Lady Handicap (gr. III) for fillies and mares at Gulfstream Park Sunday.
Proper Gamble rallied to beat Short Note by 2 3/4 lengths in Saturday's 10th running of the $108,600 Cicada Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-old fillies at Aqueduct. Forest Heiress, the favorite, was a head back in third place in the six-horse field.
Forest Heiress may very well be the horse to beat in Saturday's Cicada Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct for 3-year-old fillies going seven furlongs, but she could face a tough challenge from highweight Proper Gamble.
A New Twist upset 3-10 favorite Forest Heiress by 3 1/2 lengths Sunday in the $100,000 Old Hat Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on a showery day at Gulfstream Park. In her most recent start prior to the Old Hat, A New Twist finished second to Forest Heiress in the Valley Stream Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct.
On Parade, one of the most highly anticipated fillies in years, will go for her second consecutive victory when she heads a field of six drawn for the grade III, $75,000 added Valley Stream at Aqueduct Sunday.
Two new shooters have entered the picture for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), and neither came out of the Frizette Stakes (gr. I), the division's big race during the Oct. 6-7 weekend.
Bella Bellucci showed she had the class to make the jump from maiden special weight winner to graded stakes winner with a strong close in Monday's Astarita Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park.
New Farm and trainer Benjamin Perkins Jr. teamed up for their second graded stakes win in a matter of minutes Saturday, when 4-5 favorite Forest Heiress led at every call in the $150,000 Sorority Stakes at Monmouth Park.
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