"I think she's the best state-bred turf female," trainer Ken Nesky said. "She's in super shape."
Shopping For Love has been temperamental, but seems to have mellowed out at age 5.
"You have to stay one step ahead of her," Nesky said. "A lot depends on her mood. She's matured and seems to have things together."
Gallagher's Stud's Eventail won the second division of the Mt. Vernon this year, then beat open company in a $56,000 money allowance. At 120 pounds, Eventail will be getting two pounds from Shopping For Love.
Leonard Green's Rhum has run all her races against open company this year. She's been within a few lengths of multiple stakes winner Babae on two occasions this year. Most recently, Rhum finished fourth to Babae from the nine post in the Violet.
$150,000 Ticonderoga, 1 1/8 mile on turf, fillies and mares
PP. HORSE, JOCKEY, WGT.
1 Dynamic Lisa, Mike Luzzi, 111
2 Blue Iris, Jean-Luc Samyn, 114
3 I Met Somebody, Dennis Carr, 115
4 Rhum, John Velazquez, 121
5 Sparkling Ava, Jose Santos, 112
6 Lady d'Jour, Javier Castellano, 113
7 Eventail, Edgar Prado, 120
8 Wake Up Kiss, Richard Migliore, 116
9 Spectaculaireontap, Aaron Gryder, 113
10 Some Irish Legend, Shaun Bridgmohan, 114
11 Shopping For Love, Jerry Bailey, 122
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12 Along Came Mary, no rider, 120