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Cavorting Drops a Level to Prioress

Winner of Aug. 8 Longines Test (gr. I) enters grade II Sept. 6 at the Spa.

Grade I winner Cavorting will drop a level to contest the $300,000 Prioress Stakes (gr. II) as the season at Saratoga Race Course draws to an end, but the Aug. 8 Longines Test Stakes (gr. I) victress could have her work cut out for her in a field of 11 3-year-old fillies.  

With grade II winner Ekati's Phaeton coming in off the layoff, Miss Woodford Stakes winner Fusaichi Red looking to step up in company, and multiple grade III winner Irish Jasper hoping to improve upon a fourth in the Test, the six-furlong Prioress is loaded with intrigue.

The Test was the first grade I victory for Cavorting, a Stonestreet Stables' Bernardini  filly who entered off a victory in the June 5 Jersey Girl Stakes for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. Cavorting had shown her talent before, with a win in the 2014 Adirondack Stakes (gr. II) as a juvenile. She is 2-for-2 on the Saratoga surface. Irad Ortiz rides from post 10 as part of a 122-pound co-highweight assignment.

Ekati's Phaeton will also carry 122 in her first start since the May 1 Eight Belles Stakes (gr. III), in which she ran 11th. Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott saddles the Tale of Ekati  runner, who took the Davona Dale Stakes (gr. II) and the Old Hat Stakes (gr. III) earlier this season at Gulfstream Park. This will be the initial Saratoga outing for the Mott trainee, who leaves post 2 under Junior Alvarado.

Irish Jasper gets the 122-pound assignment as well after running fourth in the Test. The First Defence filly is a two-time grade III winner for Chad Brown. Javier Castellano rides from the 9 hole.

Also of interest is grade III winner Promise Me Silver, who tries her luck in New York again after finishing fifth in the July 4 Victory Ride Stakes (gr. III) won by Irish Jasper.

Entries: Prioress S. (G2)

Saratoga Race Course, Sunday, September 06, 2015, Race 10

  • Grade II
  • 6f
  • Dirt
  • $300,000
  • 3 yo Fillies
  • 5:47 PM (local)
11Hot City Girl (NY)Fernando Jara116Linda Rice-
22Ekati's Phaeton (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJunior Alvarado122William I. Mott-
33Sky Gold (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateCornelio H. Velasquez116Jose Garoffalo-
44Clothes Fall Off (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJose L. Ortiz116Kiaran P. McLaughlin-
55Fusaichi Red (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJoe Bravo120George Weaver-
66Tricky Zippy (NY)John R. Velazquez118James A. Jerkens-
77Bar of Gold (NY)Jose Lezcano118John C. Kimmel-
88Paid Up Subscriber (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJoel Rosario116Albert M. Stall, Jr.-
99Irish Jasper (KY)Javier Castellano122Chad C. Brown-
1010Cavorting (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateIrad Ortiz, Jr.122Kiaran P. McLaughlin-
1111Promise Me Silver (TX)Luis Saez120W. Bret Calhoun-