Tessa Blue, a 4-year-old daughter of Awesome Again bred in Maryland by Frank Wright out of the Conquistador Cielo mare Blue Sky Princess, was the runner-up in that event by 3 ¼ lengths after pressing the pace and sticking a head in front only to be outfinished. Her wins for trainer Frank Brothers include a 7 ¼-length score in the Indiana Oaks (gr. III) and a 12 1/2-length win in the Inside Information Breeders’ Cup Stakes.
Golden Velvet, a 5-year-old Seeking the Goldmare bred in Kentucky by Darley out of the Storm Cat mare Caress, went into the Rampart off a solid score in the one-mile Sabin Handicap (gr. III) at Gulfstream Jan. 6. The Sabin win was her second in the U.S.--she made eight prior starts in France and Dubai before coming to Kiaran McLaughlin’s barn at Belmont last fall and scoring a solid allowance win by 6 ½ lengths.
Second to Tessa Blue in the Inside Information was Millennium Farms’ Lost Etiquette, a 4-year-old daughter of Lost Solider whose last win came in October when she won the Salem County Stakes at the Meadowlands. Lost Etiquette finished third in the April 2 Perfect Poppy Stakes at Aqueduct last time out for trainer Steve Asmussen.
2. Rayona, Victor Lebron, 113, 10-1
3. Golden Velvet, Eibar Coa, 118, 3-1
4. Lost Etiquette, John McKee, 114, 6-1
5. Kathleens Reel, Christopher Emigh, 113, 8-1
6. Cryptoquip, E. T. Baird, 114, 6-1
7. Tessa Blue, Mike Smith, 119, 5-2
8. Coolwind, Timothy Thornton, 113, 10-1