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.



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