Stakes winner Bellacourt, who finished third to 2011 champion 2-year-old filly My Miss Aurelia in last year's Adirondack Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga, was euthanized in mid-December due to complications from laminitis.
Carl Lizza in recent years revamped his breeding program to upgrade his stock, but he didn't live long enough to reap the rewards. The New York owner and breeder died just two weeks before Pure Gossip made her racing debut.
Multiple grade I winner Stacelita had her final serious work for the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) on Oct. 27 at Belmont Park, covering five furlongs in 1:02 4/5 under Ramon Dominguez.
Two of the top-ranked juvenile fillies in the nation, My Miss Aurelia and Stopshoppingmaria, will square off for a second time in the $300,000 Frizette Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 8 at Belmont Park.
Shkspeare Shaliyah and Pure Gossip turned in strong rallies to win two grade III turf stakes at Belmont Park Oct. 2 and appear headed to the Breeders' Cup World Championships.
- By Vic Zast
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Odds-on choice My Miss Aurelia won the $150,000 Adirondack Stakes (gr. II) as expected at Saratoga Aug. 14, fighting off a determined Millionreasonswhy through the homestretch to prevail by a neck.
A handy winner of Belmont's Matron Stakes (gr. II) last month, undefeated Millionreasonswhy will try to keep it going in the $150,000 Adirondack Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 14.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Bellacourt||James L. Lawrence, II||
|Harbor Mist||Bruce N. Levine||
|Hook It Up||Donna Bireta||
|Pure Gossip||Philip M. Serpe||
|Victory Island||Bruce N. Levine||
|Why Take a Chance||Kenneth G. McPeek||
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