Steeplechase Farm's Mandy's Gold will be shooting for her fifth consecutive win in the $250,000 Ballerina Stakes (gr. I) for fillies and mares at seven furlongs Aug. 25. The four-year-old daughter of Gilded Time comes off a solid victory in the Honorable Miss Stakes (gr. III) Aug. 2.
"She's going to work a half-mile on Sunday morning," trainer Michael Gorham said. "She came out of the last race excellent, and she seems to be getting better all the time."
Likely starters to face Mandy's Gold in the Ballerina are probable favorite Raging Fever, Devastating, Nasty Storm, Shine Again, and Spring Meadow.
Mandy's Gold has never been worse than third in 13 starts with eight wins. She has not competed higher than the grade III level, so the Ballerina will be a big step. Gorham is considering Mandy's Gold for either the Sprint (gr. I) or the Distaff (gr. I) in the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Arlington Park on Oct. 26.
"If she keeps improving like she is, the Breeders' Cup is a possibility," Gorham said. "It's a matter of figuring out if we should stretch her out or keep her sprinting."
Mandy's Gold has won at a mile, taking the Comely Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct last year before being disqualified.
"She's sensible to rate," Gorham said. "She has a lot of speed, but she'll rate well, which gives her the chance to go a little bit farther."
Jockey Edgar Prado rode Mandy's Gold in the Honorable Miss and will be back aboard for the Ballerina.