Stopchargingmaria Headlines Field for $150,000 Distaff Stakes
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Thu 14/05/2015 - 02:58 EDT
Stopchargingmaria, winner of the Black Eyed Susan Stakes (G2) as a sophomore, has been tabbed as the morning line favorite at 9-5 for trainer Todd Pletcher. A four-year-old daughter of Tale of the Cat, she has won six of her twelve starts and will be making her second start of the year after a runner-up effort in the Madison Stakes (G1) in her return to the races off of a seven-month layoff. John Velazquez will be in the irons and they will break from post position two.
Yahilwa going for second straight stakes win
Second choice at 9-2 on the morning line is Yahilwa for trainer James Cassidy. A five-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro, she has won six races over the course of her career and is trying to make it back to back graded stakes races after winning the Sixty Sails Handicap (G3) last time out. Victor Espinoza will be aboard and they are scheduled to break from post position ten in the wide-open field.
Fortune Pearl making second start off layoff
Also in the field at morning line odds of 8-1 is Fortune Pearl for trainer Graham Motion. A four-year-old daughter of Mineshaft, the dark bay filly has been on the board in seven of her nine starts and was a graded stakes winner as a three-year-old. She returned off of an eight-month layoff to win an optional claiming race last time out and will have Rajiv Maragh aboard from post position five.
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