Blue Prize wins the Top Flight Invitational Stakes at Aqueduct

Blue Prize wins the Top Flight Invitational Stakes at Aqueduct

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Blue Prize Seeks Second Season Win in DuPont Distaff

Argentinian-bred enters off victory in Top Flight Invitational Stakes.

Merriebelle Stable's Blue Prize will be able to tick off another state in her travel roster May 18, when she travels to Maryland to headline a field of eight in the $150,000 Allaire DuPont Distaff Stakes (G3) at Pimlico Race Course.

Since arriving in North America in 2017, the Argentinian-bred 5-year-old daughter of Pure Prize has stayed busy; running eight races—four of them graded—across three states, finishing off the board only once when she ran seventh in her season debut in the Azeri Stakes (G2) at Oaklawn Park

Off an April 15 victory in the Top Flight Invitational Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack, Blue Prize will break from post 7 as the highweight in the 1 1/8 mile test for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up. 

Trained by Ignacio Correas, the 2-1 morning line favorite will square off against a familiar competitor in Friday's race; taking on Kentucky-bred Verve's Tale—who ran third in the Top Flight Invitational—for the second time in just over a month.

Charles Fipke's hombred Verve's Tale will be vying for her first graded victory since she took the Comely Stakes (G3) by a neck in November of 2016. Although she has finished worse than fourth just once in her eight graded attempts since the Comely, the 5-year-old Tale of Ekati mare's last victory came in August, when she prevailed over Blue Prize by a nose in the Summer Colony Stakes. Irad Ortiz Jr. will have the mount. 

In an interesting twist of fate for the contenders, jockey Jose Ortiz—who defeated Blue Prize riding Verve's Tale in the Summer Colony—will be aboard Blue Prize. 

Loooch Racing Stables' Fuhriously Kissed, the third-place runner in the Summer Colony behind Verve's Tale and Blue Prize, respectively, will break from the rail. The Langfuhr  mare has yet to score a win this season, finishing third in her last out in the Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) at Oaklawn. 

Entries: Allaire DuPont Distaff S. (G3)

Pimlico Race Course, Friday, May 18, 2018, Race 13

  • Grade III
  • 1 1/8m
  • Dirt
  • $150,000
  • 3 yo's & up Fillies and Mares
  • 5:57 PM (local)
11Fuhriously Kissed (KY)Javier Castellano118Anthony T. Quartarolo5/1
22In the Navy Now (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJulian Pimentel120Michael J. Trombetta15/1
33Power of Snunner (PA)Dana G. Whitney118Timothy C. Kreiser12/1
44Katalust (OH)T. D. Houghton118Anthony T. Quartarolo20/1
55Song of Spring (KY)Ricardo Santana, Jr.118Neil J. Howard6/1
66Verve's Tale (KY)Irad Ortiz, Jr.118Barclay Tagg9/5
77Blue Prize (ARG)Jose L. Ortiz122Ignacio Correas, IV2/1
88Dorodansa (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduatePaco Lopez118Kellyn Gorder15/1