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Mathea Kelley

Careless Jewel, Seattle Smooth Nearing Debuts

Both could run in the May 15 Shuvee(gr. II) at Belmont Park.

(Edited New York Racing Association press release)

Careless Jewel, impressive winner of last year’s Alabama (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course, could make her 4-year-old debut in the Shuvee (gr. II) at Belmont Park in New York May 15.

“We are currently pointing for the race,” said trainer Josie Carroll May 7. “She’s going to work on Sunday (May 9, at Woodbine), probably five furlongs, and we will then make a final decision.”

The daughter of Tapit , owned by Donver Stable, posted an 11-length victory in the Alabama, representing the third-largest margin of victory in the historic race, which has been run 129 times. The largest Alabama margin of victory was in 1875 when Olitipa, owned by August Belmont, won by 20 lengths.

Originally expected to make her 2010 debut in the La Troienne (gr. II) at Churchill Downs April 30, Careless Jewel had a minor setback that caused her to miss three days of training.

“We had to fix something on her foot, nothing major,” Carroll said. “Other than that, she has been doing really well.”

In addition, Mercedes Stable’s Seattle Smooth, off since winning the Ogden Phipps Handicap (gr. I) last June, is expected to make her comeback in the weekend’s Shuvee.  The 5-year-old daughter of Quiet American had three wins from three races in 2009, including last year’s Shuvee.

“We’re looking forward to it,” said trainer Tony Dutrow. “We’ll think she’ll run well – she’s all ready to go.”