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Saratoga and Del Mar 2017

Believe You Can Back at Churchill in La Troienne

Believe You Can and jockey Rosie Napravnik win the Kentucky Oaks
Believe You Can, owned by Brereton Jones and trained by Larry Jones, is undefeated in two starts in 2013, winning stakes at Fair Grounds by a combined 16 lengths. Rosie Napravnik, who was aboard for both of those victories as well as in the Oaks last year, has the mount Friday and will break from post position four.

Believe You Can will be facing a familiar foe in the La Troienne in Anita Cauley’s On Fire Baby, winner of the Apple Blossom Handicap (GI) in her first start in 10 ½ months.
 
Trained by Gary Hartlage and ridden by Joe Johnson, On Fire Baby defeated Believe You Can in their first meeting as 2-year-olds in the 2011 Pocahontas (GII) here. In last year’s Oaks, On Fire Baby finished fifth. On Fire Baby will break from post position five and carry top weight of 123 pounds.

Invading from California is Michael Talla’s More Chocolate. Trained by John Sadler, More Chocolate won her dirt debut in the La Canada (GII) and followed that up with a runner-up finish in the Grade I Santa Margarita. Joel Rosario has the mount on More Chocolate, who will break from post position three.

The field for the La Troienne that will go as the sixth race with a 1:26 p.m. post time, from the rail out, is as follows: Imposing Grace (Garrett Gomez, 118 pounds), Authenticity (John Velazquez, 118), More Chocolate (Rosario, 120), Believe You Can (Napravnik, 120), On Fire Baby (Johnson, 123), Class Included (Corey Lanerie, 118) and Draw It (Ricardo Santana Jr., 118).
 

 

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