Dell Ridge Farm’s Bluegrass Princess, third in her two graded stakes starts this season, may be in prime position to pick up her first blacktype victory when facing seven rivals in the $150,000 Boiling Springs Stakes (gr. IIIT) June 27 on the Monmouth Park turf.
Each of the eight 3-year-old fillies in the 1 1/16-mile Boiling Springs are seeking their first graded stakes score, however, Blind Date
and Platinum Girl
enter off minor stakes victories on turf. Post time is scheduled for 4:50 p.m. EDT for Monmouth’s featured event.
Bluegrass Princess, a daughter of Dynaformer—America America, by Mister Baileys, spent her winter in Florida and finished third in the Herecomesthebride Stakes (gr. IIIT) on Gulfstream Park’s grass March 15. She then ventured up north to Kentucky and was impressive when winning a two-turn optional claimer by 3 1/4 lengths on Keeneland’s Polytrack April 11.
Last out, in the May 30 Sands Point Stakes (gr. IIT) at Belmont Park, Bluegrass Princess stalked the pace and was in contention for top prize in the final furlong before settling for third.
Overall, the bay filly has produced a 2-0-4 record from eight starts. Both of her wins have come at Keeneland. Eddie Castro, who won a record-tying six races at Monmouth on June 21, will ride Bluegrass Princess for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. She drew post 5.
The other starter with graded stakes experience is Richard Brodie’s Obsequious
. The Fusaichi Pegasus
filly was runner-up in the Herecomesthebride when out-finishing Bluegrass Princess by three parts of a length. She was off the board in her last two starts – seventh in the Appalachian (gr. IIIT) at Keeneland and sixth, but beaten just 1 3/4 lengths, in the May 23 American 1000 Guineas at Arlington Park.
Carlos Marquez Jr. will ride Obsequious for trainer Elizabeth Gray.
“Obsequious is the best horse in the barn right now,” said Gray, who will saddle her first stakes starter. “I expect her to run well.”
William Backer’s Blind Date enters the Boiling Springs with an impressive résumé, having won four of five, including two in a row on grass. Last out, in the May 15 Hilltop Stakes at Pimlico, Blind Date stalked the pace and drew away in the stretch to win by nearly three lengths under Jeremy Rose, who keeps the riding assignment. The Maryland-bred is trained by Hamilton Smith.
Also entering off a stakes win is Todd Pletcher trainee Platinum Girl. The Mineshaft
filly, who raced in the claiming ranks at the start of the season, went wire-to-wire in the May 24 Little Silver Stakes on grass at Monmouth for a 1 1/2-length score. In that race she defeated current starters My Magic Moment and Sandi’s Ready, who were third and fourth, respectively.
Rounding out the field are Mary’s Follies and Kiawah Cat, both entering off allowance victories at Monmouth.
$150,000 Boiling Springs (gr. IIIT, Race 9, 4:50 p.m.), 3YO Fillies, 1 1/16 Miles (Turf)
PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer
1. Mary's Follies (KY), S Elliott, 116, J H Forbes
2. Platinum Girl (KY), J Bravo, 118, T A Pletcher
3. My Magic Moment (NY), E Trujillo, 118, T Albertrani
4. Sandi's Ready (KY), C C Lopez, 116, C M Gambolati
5. Bluegrass Princess (KY), E Castro, 116, K P McLaughlin
6. Kiawah Cat (KY), C Hill, 116, W I Mott
7. Obsequious (KY), C H Marquez Jr., 116, E Gray
8. Blind Date (MD), J Rose, 118, H A Smith