Unbridled Belle, 'Temper Clash in Falls City
by Blood-Horse Staff
Date Posted: 11/22/2009 6:14:43 PM
Last Updated: 11/25/2009 7:09:24 PM
(from Churchill Downs)
Grade I stakes winners Unbridled Belle and Swift Temper will carry top weight of 122 pounds apiece when they take on four rival fillies and mares in the Thanksgiving Day $150,000 Falls City Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs Nov. 26.
The 1 1/8-mile Falls City will go as the 11th race on the 12-race card that begins at 11:30 a.m. (all times ET). Post time for the Falls City is approximately 4:24 p.m.
Team Valor International’s Unbridled Belle has finished behind Swift Temper on three occasions this year. But the daughter of Broken Vow enters the Falls City off a four-length victory in the Turnback the Alarm Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct on Oct. 31 and has been installed as the 7-5 morning line favorite.
Winner of the Beldame (gr. I) in 2007, Unbridled Belle is trained by Todd Pletcher, who won the 2005 Falls City with Indian Vale.
This is expected to be the final start for the 6-year-old Unbridled Belle. She is booked to Medaglia d'Oro in 2010.
Ramon Dominguez, who has ridden Unbridled Belle to five graded stakes victories and six of her eight career victories, has the ride and they break from post 5.
The highlights of 2009 for Mark Stanley’s Swift Temper have been a 1 3/4-length score in the Ruffian (gr. I) at Belmont Park and a front-running victory in the Delaware Handicap (gr. II).
Trained by Dale Romans, who won the 2004 Falls City with Halory Leigh, Swift Temper is the second choice in the morning line 5-2. The 5-year-old daughter of Giant's Causeway ran fourth in last year’s Falls City and this year was third in the Louisville Distaff (gr. II) and second in the Fleur De Lis (gr. II).
Alan Garcia, who rode Swift Temper in both the Ruffian and Delaware Handicap, has the riding assignment.
$150,000 Falls City Handicap (gr. II, Race 11, 4:24 p.m.), Fillies & mares 3 & Up, 1 1/8 Miles
PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer
1. Best Lass (PA), K J Desormeaux, 114, K G McPeek
2. Morena (PER), S Bridgmohan, 115, M R Matz
3. Copper State (IL), R Albarado, 116, R W Werner
4. Swift Temper (KY), A Garcia, 122, D L Romans
5. Unbridled Belle (KY), R A Dominguez, 122, T A Pletcher
6. Serenading (KY), J R Leparoux, 116, J Carroll
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