Happy Like a Fool Primed for Miss Preakness

After a fourth-place start in her seasonal debut, grade 3 winner Happy Like a Fool figures to deliver her best in the $150,000 Adena Springs Miss Preakness Stakes (G3) May 18 at Pimlico Race Course.

Last year Happy Like a Fool, campaigned by Coolmore-affiliated owners Merriebelle Stable, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, and Susan Magnier, closed out her season with a victory in the Matron Stakes (G3), a six-furlong test at Belmont Park. That graded stakes score followed a maiden win in her 4 1/2-furlong debut at Keeneland and a pair of starts in England, where the daughter of Distorted Humor  earned a runner-up finish in the Queen Mary Stakes (G2) at Royal Ascot.

SHEA: Happy Like a Fool Kicks Away in Matron

Happy Like a Fool enters Friday's six-furlong test for 3-year-old fillies off a fourth-place finish in the Beaumont Stakes Presented by Keeneland Select (G3) April 8 at Keeneland. Since then she has worked three times for trainer Wesley Ward, including a bullet five-furlong move in :59 2/5 May 11 at Keeneland.

While Happy Like a Fool looks to add to her graded stakes success, the field also includes a pair of promising fillies who will be making their graded stakes debuts in Hronis Racing's Artistic Diva and Klein Racing's Good Move. Both fillies are undefeated in a pair of starts.

Artistic Diva will be making her first start of 2018, after she won a maiden turf sprint at Del Mar and switched to dirt to win the six-furlong Anoakia Stakes at Santa Anita Park. Trained by John Sadler the daughter of Munnings  has breezed eight times since March 27 at distances from three to six furlongs.

BALAN: Artistic Diva Speeds to Victory in Anoakia Stakes

Good Move, trained by Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1)-winning trainer Brad Cox, rolls into Pimlico after winning her career debut and an optional-claiming allowance at Oaklawn Park this year by a combined 10 1/2 lengths. The daughter of Broken Vow  has worked five times since that March 11 allowance win, twice earning the bullet.

The co-highweight, along with Happy Like a Fool, at 120 pounds is I Still Miss You, a two-time stakes winner in New York.

Besides purse money, the winner of Friday's race will be awarded a trophy and a season to Mucho Macho Man  (pending approval of the filly by Adena Springs).

Entries: Adena Springs Miss Preakness S. (G3)

Pimlico Race Course, Friday, May 18, 2018, Race 7

  • Grade III
  • 6f
  • Dirt
  • $150,000
  • 3 yo Fillies
  • 2:39 PM (local)
PPHorseJockeyWgtTrainerM/L
11Happy Like a Fool (KY)Tyler Gaffalione120Wesley A. Ward5/1
22Bootsy's Hadenough (KY)Paco Lopez116Kellyn Gorder30/1
33Artistic Diva (IL)Javier Castellano116John W. Sadler6/1
44Purrfect Miss (KY)Manuel Franco116Jeremiah C. Englehart12/1
55Buy Sell Hold (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateRicardo Santana, Jr.118Steven M. Asmussen20/1
66Lezendary (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateIrad Ortiz, Jr.118Rudy R. Rodriguez4/1
77I Still Miss You (NY)Jorge A. Vargas, Jr.120Jeremiah C. Englehart15/1
88Almond Roca (KY)Jose L. Ortiz116H. Graham Motion5/1
99Good Move (KY)Luis Saez116Brad H. Cox3/1
1010Limited View (MD)Edgar S. Prado118John E. Salzman, Jr.10/1