Copperville Farm's Dance to Bristol, not worse than second in 14 of 15 career starts, put on quite a show with an easy victory in the $100,000 Skipat Stakes Presented by Finlandia for fillies and mares May 17 at Pimlico Race Course (VIDEO).
Favored at 4-5 in a field of eight sophomore fillies, I'm Mom's Favorite held on to victory in the shadow of the wire—but only by a nose over late-charging 52-1 shot Flattering Bea—in the $100,000 Miss Preakness Pink Warrior Stakes (VIDEO). The daughter of Indian Charlie had work to do coming off the turn, passing pacesetter Tread and other foes after racing in the second tier for the early part of the six-furlong sprint.
Tread set opening fractions of :22.85, :46.42, and five eighths in :59.31 before giving over the lead. I'm Mom's Favorite and jockey Sheldon Russell closed with a strong move from far back to mow her down in deep stretch, but Flattering Bea was also flying on the far outside.
The two hit the wire together with I'm Mom's Favorite victorious for trainer Anthony Dutrow and CJZ Racing Stable. The victory was her first in a stakes and her third overall; she came off an April 13 allowance win at Pimlico where she rolled by seven lengths after leading from the half to the wire.
Final time was 1:12.51, with I'm Mom's Favorite returning $3.80, $2.60, and $2.40. Flattering Bea paid $24.40 and $8, while Lighthouse Bay ($4.80) completed the $490.60 trifecta. Tread was fourth while Jewel of a Cat, Big Sky Country, Livin Peace, and Cheetah Pants completed the order of finish. Mellonbrook, Sense of Reality, and Blueeyesintherein scratched.
Bred in Kentucky by Tom VanMeter, Reiley McDonald, and John McKathan out of the Storm Cat mare Charming Toutsie, the bay filly was a $150,000 purchase by Charles J. Zacney from the 2012 Fasig-Tipton midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training when consigned by McKathan Bros. The victory improved her record to 3-1-1 from five starts, with earnings of $138,940. Two starts back, she was third in the March 16 Cicada Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack.–Claire Novak
The Very One Stakes
Three Lyons Racing's Sensible Lady continued to show her affinity for the turf at Pimlico Race Course when she rallied through traffic in a large field to take the $100,000 The Very One Stakes at the wire May 17 (VIDEO) .
The 4-year-old Kentucky-bred filly by Street Sense is now 3-for-3 at Pimlico and 8-for-15 overall. She has won four of five starts at The Very One distance of five furlongs on grass.
Sensible Lady, trained by Tim Salzman and ridden by Angel Serpa, broke last from post 3, gradually gained ground along the rail, had to find racing room behind the three leaders in the stretch and just got up to nail Nechez Dawn by a neck.
The fractions on firm turf were :22.12 for the opening quarter-mile and :44.75 for the half-mile. Sensible Lady completed the distance in :56.57 on firm turf.
The winner paid $9.20 as the second choice and capped a $70.20 exacta. Favored Sweet Cassiopeia finished an even sixth.–Tom LaMarra
It's tough to beat Joel Rosario these days.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's homebred daughter of Kitten's Joy ran 1 1/16 miles on the turf in 1:41.98, getting up by a nose over even-money favorite Summer of Fun when she mounted a rally from last on the far outside.
Emotional Kitten stumbled at the start and raced well off a pace set by Birdlover, who held about 1 1/2 lengths of an advantage over Miss Lucky Sevens while registering fractions of :23.24, :46.77, and 1:10.58 on a firm course. Fanned six-wide after a mile in 1:35.56, Rosario set his mount down for the drive.
Summer of Fun looked to have the victory on the inside after collaring the front two, but Emotional Kitten's final surge won the bob. The winner returned $12, $4.20, and $2.80 at 5-1 odds. Summer of Fun paid $3 and $2.40, and 16-1 shot Zenzara, 1 1/4 lengths farther back in third, paid $5.40.
The winner improved her record for trainer Wesley Ward to 3-1-2 from 10 starts, with earnings of $133,815. Bred in Pennsylvania out of the Ghazi mare Silent Emotion, Emotional Kitten came off a nose victory April 7 going the same distance at Keeneland, also under Rosario with a similar surging run.– Claire Novak