Competitive Field of Eleven Set for $70,000 Miss Woodford Stakes
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Sat 18/07/2015 - 17:14 EDT
Thepartyneverends has been tabbed as the morning line favorite in the wide open field at odds of 7-2 for trainer Todd Pletcher. A bay daughter of Smart Strike, she has been on the board in all five starts and is trying to earn her second career victory. She is stepping up to stakes competition for the first time after a third-place finish against an optional claiming field in her first start since breaking her maiden. Abel Castellano, Jr. will be aboard from post position five.
Sky Gold making stakes debut
Second choice at odds of 4-1 on the morning line is Sky Gold for trainer Jose Garoffalo. A dark bay daughter of Successful Appeal, she has two wins from three outings and is trying to earn her first black type victory. Last time out, she won an optional claiming race at Gulfstream Park by three-lengths as the heavy favorite. Daniel Centeno will be aboard and they will break from post position two.
Coco’s Wildcat trying to return to form
Also in the field at morning line odds of 10-1 is Coco’s Wildcat for trainer Kathleen O’Connell. A homebred daughter of Wildcat Heir for Gilbert Campbell, she has two wins from eleven starts and was a stakes winner in Florida as a juvenile. She is winless from four starts this year and is trying to rebound after a fifth-place finish in the Jersey Girl Stakes. Paco Lopez will be in the irons from post three.
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