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Anne M. Eberhardt

Stopchargingmaria the Class of DuPont Distaff

Alabama and CCA Oaks winner drops into grade III company in Allaire DuPont Distaff.

Town and Country Farm's Stopchargingmaria has been moving up the class ladder in stakes her entire career, beginning with grade III and then grade II victories, but the daughter of Tale of the Cat  is now firmly embedded in grade I company, coming off wins in the Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I) and Alabama Stakes (gr. I), and second-place finishes in the more-recent Beldame Invitational Stakes (gr. I) and the Madison Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland in her 2015 debut April 4.

Dropping into the $150,000 Allaire DuPont Distaff (gr. III) at Pimlico Race Course May 15, Stopchargingmaria appears to hold a class edge over her 11 rivals, even with the presence of Alabama Stakes runner-up Joint Return, who is coming off a fourth-place finish in the Top Flight Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct Racetrack for trainer John Servis, in which she was hampered by a slow pace.

Stopcharginmaria, trained by Todd Pletcher, drew post 2 and will have John Velazquez aboard.

Another filly with back class is the Graham Motion-trained Fortune Pearl, winner of last year's Delaware Oaks (gr. II) and fourth in the Alabama Stakes.

One filly in top recent form who should be respected for her early speed is Brenda's Way, who won an allowance/optional claimer by 5 3/4 lengths at Laurel Park and the state-bred Geisha Stakes by 10 1/4 lengths at Pimlico.

Another filly with good recent form is Before You Know It, the easy winner of an overnight stakes at Aqueduct before finishing a close second in the Top Flight Handicap.

Trainer Jim Cassidy ships in Yahilwa, who is coming off an impressive victory in the Sixty Sails Handicap (gr. III) at Hawthorne Race Course. Her best effort before that was a fourth-place finish in the grade I Zenyatta Stakes behind Beholder.

Breaking on the rail for trainer George Weaver is Lunar Surge, who was second, beaten a head, in the Doubledogdare Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland.

Entries: Allaire DuPont Distaff S. (G3)

Pimlico Race Course, Friday, May 15, 2015, Race 10

  • Grade III
  • 1 1/8m
  • Dirt
  • $150,000
  • 3 yo's & up Fillies and Mares
  • 4:21 PM (local)
PPHorseJockeyWgtTrainerM/L
11Lunar Surge (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJose L. Ortiz120George Weaver-
22Stopchargingmaria (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJohn R. Velazquez118Todd A. Pletcher-
33Blue Violet (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateKerwin D. Clark118J. Larry Jones-
44Joint Return (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateKendrick Carmouche118John C. Servis-
55Fortune Pearl (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateRajiv Maragh118H. Graham Motion-
66Brenda's Way (MD)Jevian Toledo118Damon R. Dilodovico-
77Before You Know It (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateVictor R. Carrasco118Claudio A. Gonzalez-
88Queen's Blade (KOR)Yomar Orlando Ortiz118Valora A. Testerman-
99Perique (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateTrevor McCarthy118Hamilton A. Smith-
1010Yahilwa (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateVictor Espinoza122James M. Cassidy-
1111Oasis At Midnight (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateDaniel Centeno118Joseph F. Orseno-
1212Celtic Katie (MD)Oscar G. Mancilla118Carlos A. Mancilla-