Lady Sabelia won the 2014 Willa On the Move Stakes.

Lady Sabelia won the 2014 Willa On the Move Stakes.

Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey Club

Lady Sabelia Tops Willa On the Move Stakes

Majestic Warrior mare won grade II Barbara Fritchie earlier this year.

Grade II winner Lady Sabelia will be seeking to defend her title as she tops a field of seven fillies and mares entered in the Willa On the Move Stakes, one of three stakes each worth $100,000 at Laurel Park Dec. 5.

The co-highweight at 124 pounds, Mrs. Frank Wright's homebred Lady Sabelia brings a record of nine wins from 17 starts into the six-furlong Willa On the Move as the 5-year-old daughter of Majestic Warrior has been a model of consistency with only two unplaced efforts on her resume.

Last year's Willa On the Move marked the season finale for Lady Sabelia, who took the What a Summer Stakes and Barbara Fritchie Handicap (gr. II) at Laurel in her first two outings of 2015. Sixth in the Madison Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland, the front-running mare was caught late to finish second in the Skipat Stakes at Pimlico Race Course.

The $605,465 earner comes into Saturday's race off a 7 1/2-length off-the-pace victory in the Pumpkin Pie Stakes at Belmont Park for trainer Robin Graham.

"We just didn't want her to get too rapid," Graham said of the uncharacteristic running style in Lady Sabelia's last start. "When she gets in front and they're behind her she gets competitive and gets too rapid. But if you work around that, everything's good."

Also assigned 124 pounds in the Willa On the Move is Maria Romero's Galiana, an eight-time stakes winner who has won or placed in 22 of 30 starts and earned $638,861 for owner Maria Romero and trainer Jose Rodriguez. The 5-year-old Stonesider  mare has won the Tax Free Shopping Distaff Stakes at Delaware Park the last three years.

The two other stakes on the card are for juveniles, with stakes winner Never Gone South seeking his third win in four starts in the Marylander, which drew a field of seven males. Trained by Cathal Lynch for M M G Racing Stable, the Munnings  colt won the Strike Your Colors Stakes before finishing second in the James Lewis III Stakes last time out.

The Gin Talking Stakes drew a balanced field of 2-year-old fillies, with Sinatra Thoroughbred Racing and Breeding's Mecke's Madalyn seeking her third victory in as many starts. The New York-bred daughter of Desert Party  trained by Corby Caiazzo won the Shesastonecoldfox at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack in her previous start.

Tim Woolley will saddle Russell Jones' Prognosis, a daughter of Tiznow  who has won her last two starts after never being a factor in her career debut, which was on grass.

Entries: Gin Talking S.

Laurel Park, Saturday, December 05, 2015, Race 5

  • STK
  • 7f
  • Dirt
  • $100,000
  • 2 yo Fillies
  • 2:12 PM (local)
11Prognosis (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJevian Toledo119Tim Woolley8/1
22Look Who's Talking (MD)Forest Boyce119Robin L. Graham5/1
33Thundering Sky (KY)Trevor McCarthy114George Weaver12/1
44Mecke's Madalyn (NY)Keeneland Sales GraduateKaylia Albright119Corby Caiazzo30/1
55Wait Your Turn (KY)Julian Pimentel119Carol Fisher10/1
66Cathryn Sophia (MD)Roberto J. Rosado119John C. Servis1/2
77Dare to Be (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateVictor R. Carrasco119Rodney Jenkins8/1

Entries: Marylander S.

Laurel Park, Saturday, December 05, 2015, Race 7

  • STK
  • 7f
  • Dirt
  • $100,000
  • 2 yo
  • 3:07 PM (local)
11Midnight Lovin (KY)Julian Pimentel120Emanuel J. Geralis15/1
22Vorticity (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateVictor R. Carrasco120James L. Lawrence, II8/5
33Professor Zoom (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJevian Toledo120Damon R. Dilodovico20/1
44Never Gone South (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateTrevor McCarthy120Cathal A. Lynch7/5
55Captain Alex (MD)Xavier Perez120Donnovan Haughton20/1
66Tale of E Dubai (PA)UNKNOWN120John E. Salzman, Jr.10/1
77Runningfromthefeds (IL)Alex Canchari120Leo Rodriguez9/2

Entries: Willa On the Move S.

Laurel Park, Saturday, December 05, 2015, Race 9

  • STK
  • 6f
  • Dirt
  • $100,000
  • 3 yo's & up Fillies and Mares
  • 4:01 PM (local)
11Dulcify (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateVictor R. Carrasco118Kieron Magee10/1
22Dallas Cowgirl (KY)Oscar Flores118Flint W. Stites20/1
33Medaglia d'Argento (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJevian Toledo118George Weaver20/1
44Raging Smoke (PA)Clinton L. Potts122Michael W. Salvaggio, Jr.15/1
55Disco Chick (PA)Trevor McCarthy118Mario Serey, Jr.15/1
66Galiana (NY)Abel Lezcano124Jose S. Rodriguez6/1
77Lady Sabelia (KY)Horacio Karamanos124Robin L. Graham2/5
88Lionhearted Lady (MD)Xavier Perez120Hamilton A. Smith12/1