Christine Daae will try to prove she is worthy of the lofty expectations when she faces a solid field of runners that includes graded stakes winners Amen Hallelujah and Devil May Care in the $200,000 Bonnie Miss Stakes
Grade I winners She Be Wild and Blind Luck head an impressive roster of 143 3-year-old fillies nominated to compete in Churchill Downs' 136th running of the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).
Jody Slew, who trailed the field after six furlongs, streaked down the middle of the racetrack in a determined stretch drive and caught pacesetter Quiet Temper in the final jump to pull an 8-1 upset in the Silverbulletday.
Todd Pletcher, who is loaded with several 2010 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contenders, said he will make decisions on a couple of his star 3-year-olds after their next works.
Four contenders from the Jan. 23 Tiffany Lass Stakes at Fair Grounds -- including winner Jody Slew -- are set to meet again in the Silverbulletday Stakes (gr. III) at the New Orleans, La. track Feb. 20.
Diamond A Farms owner wins a Range Rover from Castleton Lyons.
A wide-open field of a dozen 2-year-old fillies was drawn for the $2 million Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), with Blind Luck installed as the lukewarm 3-1 morning-line favorite.
The favorite from the Oak Leaf Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita, where the Breeders' Cup World Championships will be run, is in the field for the Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) on Nov. 6. So, too, is the favorite from the Darley Alcibiades (gr. I) at Keeneland, which is also run on a synthetic surface. It should be noted they were favored, but both lost.
At 3, Quality Road is among the elder statesmen of Todd Pletcher's Breeders' Cup contingent, much of which is comprised of talented 2-year-olds.
Whatever name you want to give them, Todd's Tots, Pletcher's Pups, you can be sure you'll be hearing from Todd Pletcher's 2-year-olds in the Breeders' Cup juvenile races, and more importantly on next year's Triple Crown trail. That's when they really will shine.
Glencrest Farm's Devil May Care earned an automatic berth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) when she posted a narrow victory over Awesome Maria in the Oct. 10 Frizette Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
When Awesome Maria won impressively in last month's Matron (gr. II), Stanley Hough said the juvenile filly should be even better going longer. The daughter of Maria's Mon will get a chance to prove her trainer right Oct. 10 when she headlines a field of seven in the $400,000 Frizette (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
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