such a brilliant filly that she will almost undoubtedly be made the favorite
for the Fitz Dixon Cotillion
, at Parx, in one week. Made the
favorite despite running against the unbeaten champion My Miss Aurelia
possibly against Gulfstream and Delaware Oaks winner Grace Hall
, once again.
deny, that I think Questing will win against My Miss Aurelia, who actually
beat her in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies
. That, however, will have
been nearly 11 months ago, from when they meet again on September 22. Since then, Questing has dazzled in her subsequent dirt starts.
the switch to the main track this year, Questing has yet to meet an equal. She
romped in an allowance win, going one mile at Belmont, then again at Saratoga
going nine furlongs in the grade one Coaching Club American Oaks
. One could call her next
start, the grade one Alabama
, a romp as well. In truth, however, that would be
an understatement. Questing decimated the field, running the field off
their feet while recording the third fastest Alabama in the race’s history.
Meanwhile, My Miss
Aurelia was, simply put, unbeatable at two. She had an aura about her. Her
closest race was the grade two Adirondack, where she dueled the entire race
with Millionreasonswhy. She prevailed that day by a neck, showing unparalleled
grit and determination for a filly at her age. Before and after, there was
not a filly that could even come close to breathing the same air as she.
has been a completely different story. She was the early Kentucky Oaks
favorite, but when a case of bucked shins arose, she was sidelined until early
August. After a 10 month layoff she returned at Saratoga, the sight of her
thrilling Adirondack victory. The champion returned with a win, to remain
unbeaten, and her time for the six and a half furlong event was a snappy
race was won, and run in racehorse time there still remained some questions.
The filly broke poorly, something she had not previously done, however, that
could have been by design. The main concern was her inability to switch leads entering
and during the stretch. She also lugged in some, signaling some fatigue.
These can be
normal occurrences, after all, she was off 10 months and was probably rusty and
needed the race. Some will not give her the benefit of the doubt that I do. I
believe she will improve this next time out, and we’ll see some of the magic we
saw last year. My only question is, will she improve enough to beat Questing?
That I am not so sure of.
I will tab
Questing to win this, and do so dominantly. Should this be the case, one can’t
help but say she’s a definite go for the Breeders Cup, but which race? The
obvious choice would be the Breeders Cup Ladies Classic
, but should she win the
Cotillion in the same fashion as her last three starts, who could not entertain
the idea of running her in the Breeders Cup Classic
other filly one might question her ability to run 10 furlongs effectively against
the boys, especially her elders. Against three year old colts, I have little
doubt she’d run them off their feet, but it is the older male group that poses
a threat. Mucho Macho Man
, To Honor and Serve
, Fort Larned
, and Game on Dude
all have speed. All are tough hardened competitors that will not easily give up
the advantage. If she were to be great enough to put turn them back, she then
has Ron the Greek
to worry about. He does not need a pace, but give him one and
he’ll come running with a flourish.
There is no
argument the Ladies Classic would be a challenge, but it would not hold a
candle to the Classic. Had she not won the Alabama in such scintillating fashion, I
would not even begin to entertain the thought of having a three year old filly
pitted against males in the 10 furlong Classic. However, this is one of the
most brilliant fillies we have seen, and I for one, think she is up to the
win at Parx, and do it impressively, I say go for it. Go for the Classic, and
rise to the occasion of true greatness.
Photo credit: NYRA/Coglianese Photos