Posts Tagged ‘Life At Ten’

Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic Report: Rivalry Continues

Older Fillies and Mares

Last year’s Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic 2-3 finishers Blind Luck and Havre De Grace resume their rivalry in the G2 Delaware Handicap on July 16. Blink Luck has a 3-2 edge over Havre De Grace but the latter decisively beat her nemesis in the G3 Azeri at Oaklawn Park in March and holds a home court/tactical advantage in the Delaware Park showcase.

Blind Luck and Havre De Grace

Blind Luck and Havre De Grace meet again at Del Park - photo by Eclipse Sportswire

Speaking of the Del ‘Cap, defending champ Life At Ten will try to revive her career on Saturday but has not been close to top form for nine months.

G1 Santa Margarita winner Miss Match took on the boys in the G1 Hollywood Gold Cup and she faded to 7th after pressing the issue for a mile.

In other filly and mare news, Awesome Maria drilled a 4f bullet in :47.23 at Saratoga on 7-11. St Trinians worked 6f in 1:16.40 at Hollywood Park on July 9.

Three-Year-Old Fillies

G1 Kentucky Oaks runner-up St. John’s River earned her stakes stripes in the G2 Delaware Oaks on July 9. She rallied to get the job done despite a lack of pace and garnered an 86 BSF for her efforts. Saratoga’s G1 Alabama on 8-20 is probably next.

G2 Black-Eyed Susan runner-up Buster’s Ready flattered the form of Royal Delta with a good looking tally over Joyful Victory in the G1 Mother Goose at Belmont Park on 6-25. She will try to turn the tables on Royal Delta in Saratoga’s G1 Coaching Club American Oaks on 7-23.

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Across the country in Southern California, Zazu turned the tables on Plum Pretty in the G2 Hollywood Oaks June 25. The latter was getting over a temperature and was probably less than 100%. The Baffert trainee seemingly prefers conventional dirt and could go much better next time. She breezed 4f in :49.60 at Santa Anita on 7-10.

John Sadler’s Zazu worked 4f in :49 at Hollywood Park on July 9 and is expected to show up in the Alabama.

Also pointing to the Alabama is recent Queen’s Plate winner Inglorious.

 

Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic 2011 Report – Blind Luck is back!

Older Fillies and Mares

Blind Luck garnered a 96 BSF for her late running tally over Switch in the Grade 1 Vanity at Hollywood Park. Last year’s 3yo filly champ has now won back-to-back after landing the place in five straight. She goes next in the July 16 Del ‘Cap or the Aug 6 Clement Hirsch.

Blind Luck

Blind Luck photo by Eclipse Sportswire

Nine furlongs is not the best distance for Switch but she was hardly disgraced in the Vanity and it could have been much closer if Rosario pulled the trigger sooner. Last year’s BC Filly & Mare Sprint runner-up will probably target that race again but might stick to the route game for now.

Santa Margarita winner Miss Match ended up a solid 3rd in the Vanity. She might be better on conventional dirt.

St Trinians is clearly not the same mare that gave Zenyatta a scare in the 2010 Vanity. She runs well fresh and could use a bit of a breather.

Unrivaled Belle flipped in the paddock prior to Belmont’s Ogden Phipps and was forced to scratch. The Mott trainee subsequently retired so there will be no Ladies’ Classic repeat for the daughter of Unbridled’s Song.

Awesome Maria took full advantage of Unrivaled Belle’s absence in the Phipps and uncorked a 100 BSF for her winning effort. She is 4-for-4 in the graded ranks this year and look for the Pletcher trainee to show up at the Spa this summer.

Life At Ten has not been the same since her infamous last place effort in the 2010 Ladies’ Classic and could hit the breeding shed in the near future if he career continues to sputter.

Havre De Grace looked good capturing the Azeri, Apple Blossom, and Obeah to begin her promising 2011 campaign for Larry Jones. The Delaware Handicap is next and she could take on males later this year with continued development.

Three-Year-old Fillies

Two graded routes on tap this weekend for sophomore fillies. Joyful Victory takes on Buster’s Ready in the Mother Goose at Belmont Park and Plum Pretty is the one to beat in the Hollywood Oaks.

Joyful Victory

Joyful Victory photo by Eclipse Sportswire

Joyful Victory is one of my favs but she will have to elevate her game in the coming months. She looked great in a pair of wins at Oaklawn (Honeybee, Fantasy) earlier this year but is 0-for-3 in Grade 1 races after a disappointing 4th in the Kentucky Oaks. The Mother Goose came up light and she is an obvious low odds threat.

Buster’s Ready raced wide chasing a fast pace in the Black-Eyed Susan and was clearly second best behind visually impressive winner Royal Delta. The Todd Pletcher trainee continues to improve and could give Joyful Victory fits on Saturday.

Alseera is a $500,000 Keeneland sales grad for Kiaran McLaughlin. She exits back-to-back wins and might get brave if able to shake loose early in the Mother Goose.

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Plum Pretty just lasted over St John’s River in the Kentucky Oaks and was supposed to go in the Mother Goose but a slight temperature altered her plans and she will now go in the Hollywood Oaks.

Bob Baffert’s fleet filly should get a soft trip on or near tepid early splits at Hollywood Park on Saturday.

Zazu rallied for the show in the Kentucky Oaks and has beaten Plum Pretty on two of three occasions. She needs pace help and won’t get it in the Hollywood Oaks.

Big Tiz owns fine early-pressing speed and attracts PVal for her Oaks assignment. She could beat Plum Pretty if that one stubs her toe.

 

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