Fillies Seek First Graded Score in Durante

Undefeated Riri is the 7-2 morning-line favorite in a field of 13.

A full field of juvenile fillies will seek their first graded score in the $100,000 Jimmy Durante Stakes (gr. IIIT) Nov. 28 at Del Mar.

The slight 7-2 morning-line favorite is Little Red Feather Racing and R/M Racing's lightly-raced but undefeated Speightstown  filly Riri, who will be making her stakes debut in the mile turf event.

Trained by Phil D'Amato, Riri broke her maiden at first asking at Santa Anita Park Oct. 11, when she stalked and pounced racing 6 1/2 furlongs over the downhill turf course to win by 3 1/4 lengths. She followed that effort with another stalking scorethis time by 3 3/4 lengthsin a mile optional claiming contest at Del Mar Nov. 6.

But Riri isn't the only D'Amato prospect in the field of 13. The trainer has four entered, including impressive debut winner Coppa. The Yesbyjimminy filly set the pace Nov. 1 in a 6 1/2-furlong dirt race at Del Mar and pulled away to win by 3 1/4 lengths.

Other apparent threats are last-out winners Jeremy's Legacy, Mokat, and D'Amato-trained Sutton's Smile, who all broke through in mile maiden turf races in Southern California recently. Jeremy's Legacy, a Jeremy filly trained by Doug O'Neill, won her U.S. debut Nov. 21 by 5 1/2 lengths and Mokat, a daughter of Uncle Mo  trained by Richard Baltas, was victorious by the same margin Oct. 31. Sutton's Smile did even better, cruising to a 6 1/4-length victory Oct. 17 at Santa Anita.

The only fillies entering with graded experience are Sheeza Milky Way, who came in a distant seventh behind Songbird in the Chandelier (gr. I) Sept. 26 on dirt, and stakes-placed Mirage who finished a troubled eighth last time out in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT).

Entries: Jimmy Durante S. (G3T)

Del Mar, Saturday, November 28, 2015, Race 5

  • Grade IIIT
  • 1m
  • Turf
  • $100,000
  • 2 yo Fillies
  • 2:29 PM (local)
11Do the Dance (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateBrice Blanc118Gary Sherlock20/1
22Coppa (FL)Jose Lezcano118Philip D'Amato6/1
33Riri (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateRafael Bejarano118Philip D'Amato7/2
44Optimism And Hope (IRE)Mike E. Smith118Philip D'Amato12/1
55Corps de Ballet (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateGary L. Stevens118Simon Callaghan10/1
66Jeremy's Legacy (IRE)Mario Gutierrez118Doug F. O'Neill9/2
77One Last Shot (KY)Fernando Hernandez Perez118Bob Baffert20/1
88Sheeza Milky Way (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateAlonso Quinonez118Peter Eurton20/1
99Wake the Dawn (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJoseph Talamo118Kristin Mulhall20/1
1010Mokat (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateCorey S. Nakatani118Richard Baltas6/1
1111Sutton's Smile (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateVictor Espinoza118Philip D'Amato8/1
1212Family Meeting (FL)Drayden Van Dyke118Thomas F. Proctor12/1
1313Mirage (IRE)Tyler Baze118Simon Callaghan8/1