Cassidy Returns to New York for Garden City

For the first time in more than two years, trainer James Cassidy is returning to his native New York Sept. 9 to saddle Martin Kistler's Maxxi Arte in the Grade I, $250,000 Garden City Breeders' Cup Stakes for three-year-old fillies at nine furlongs over the inner turf course at Belmont Park.

The last horse Cassidy brought to New York was Moscow Burning, who was a close third to Riskaverse in the grade I Flower Bowl Invitational, but won the grade II Sheepshead Bay Handicap. Now, Cassidy is hoping to have similar luck with Maxxi Arte.

With Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux in the irons, Irish-bred Maxxi Arte is going for her third consecutive victory and looking for her first graded stakes win in the Garden City. Only racing six times in her career, Maxxi Arte has shown dramatic improvement since her first start as a 2-year-old on dirt.

"She's starting to come around," Cassidy said. "She was very immature both mentally and physically when she was younger. I didn't think we were going to be able to start her until she was four. But she's become a lovely filly, and she's doing well."

Cassidy is aware Maxxi Arte is going to run against graded stakes victors like the Todd Pletcher-trained Magnificent Song, winner of the grade III Lake George during opening week at Saratoga Race Course.

"This is a big step forward for her, but there aren't many 3-year-old filly turf races available now," Cassidy said. "I know she has the talent and ability to be here."

Pletcher, who comes back to Belmont Park after winning his fifth straight Saratoga training title and sixth overall, is planning to run two fillies in the Garden City: L and D Farm's Magnificent Song and Jade Queen, owned by Allen E. Paulson Trust.

"She's [Magnificent Song] been running really well," Pletcher said. "She's had a decent amount of time between the Lake George and the Garden City, but I like the way she's been training. She's just a solid racehorse."

The daughter of Unbridled's Song out of Song to Remember has won four of eight starts, including the Edgewood Stakes at Churchill Downs on the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) undercard.

Jade Queen is making her stakes debut in the Garden City after winning three grass races. The daughter of Giant's Causeway  carries the pedigree of a stakes-winning turf filly since her sire captured five consecutive group I races on the grass in England and Ireland during his 13-start career. In addition, Jade Queen's dam, Jade Flush, won the grade II Rare Perfume on the Belmont turf.

Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott is looking for Quite a Bride to rebound from her third-place finish in the Lake George (gr. IIIT) at Saratoga July 28, which snapped a four-race win streak that included the grade III Boiling Springs Stakes at Monmouth Park.

Also taking a shot in the Garden City is English-bred La Mottie, owned by Lordship Stud and trained by Jeremy Noseda. The race is expected to be a challenge for the filly, a winner of two races in her native country, as she makes both her North American and graded stakes debut with Corey Nakatani aboard.

Another filly shipping in from Europe is Malcolm Edward Parrish's Chaibia. Dominique Boeuf has ridden Chaibia in all five starts in France, including her last start where she captured the group III Prix de Psyche. She ran eighth and fourth in her two other group I attempts.

Trainer and veterinarian John Kimmel is looking for his second grade I victory within a week after capturing the grade I Woodward at Saratoga with Premium Tap. For the Garden City, Kimmel will send out Robert Evans's Delmarva.

Delmarvia won her last race at Saratoga off a near six-month layoff. She ran second in her lone stakes effort, the Gaily Gaily at Gulfstream Park in February.

$250,000 Garden City Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. IT), 3-year-old fillies, nine furlongs
PP. Horse, Trainer, Jockey, Weight

1. Chaibia, David Smaga, Dominique Boeuf, 118
2. May Night, Fred Seitz, Mike Luzzi, 116
3. Delmarva, John Kimmel, Javier Castellano, 116
4. La Mottie, Jeremy Noseda, Corey Nakatani, 116
5. Jade Queen, Todd Pletcher, John Velazquez, 116
6. Maxxi Arte, James Cassidy, Kent Desormeaux, 116
7. Magnificent Song, Todd Pletcher, Garrett Gomez, 118
8. Carriage Trail, Shug McGaughey, Edgar Prado, 116
9. Take the Ribbon, Wallace Dollase, Julien Leparoux, 116
10. Quite a Bride, Bill Mott, Cornelio Velasquez, 118
11. In Return, Alan Goldberg, Richard Migliore, 116