Prince will face a large, competitive group of 2-year-olds when he
makes his first start against winners in the Grade 2, $250,000 Nashua on
Sunday at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Photo: New York Daily News
Nashua, one of two graded stakes on the card, will be joined by the
Grade 3, $250,000 Tempted for 2-year-old fillies. Both races will be
contested at one mile.
his lone start, Cairo Prince raced just off the early leader in second
before claiming the lead approaching the quarter pole and driving clear
to a 2 ¾-length victory in a six-furlong maiden special weight on
October 6 at Belmont Park.
Prince, owned by Paul Braverman and Namcook Stables, is by first-crop
sire Pioneerof the Nile and out of stakes-winning sprinter Holy
horse," said trainer Kiaran McLaughlin of Cairo Prince, a $250,000
Keeneland September yearling. "This is a big step up from a maiden win,
but it seems like we do that all of the time with the young ones. He
should get the distance. He's doing well and worked well [on Sunday,
breezing four furlongs on Belmont's training track in 48.90 seconds]."
Cairo Prince, the 4-1 second choice on the morning line, will leave from the outside in the field of 12 under Luis Saez.
Cairo Prince, Treadway Racing's Noble Moon will stretch out in distance
when he makes his second start in the Nashua. Placed on the lead in a
six-furlong maiden race on September 14 at Belmont, Noble Moon dictated
the pace and dug in to win by three-quarters of a length.
After looking at several options for Noble Moon, trainer Leah Gyarmati opted to enter the Malibu Moon colt in the Nashua.
[Grade 1 Foxwoods] Champagne [on October 5 at Belmont] was a little too
quick, so the timing wasn't right," said Gyarmati. "We thought about
running in [a sprint] stakes, but we want to try him long and see how he
does. I think he's bred to go long, and he has the mind to do it. He's
shown in the morning he will run all day. Obviously, he needs to improve
his numbers, but we're hopeful he will."
Noble Moon, 12-1 on the morning line, will depart from post 6 with Alex Solis aboard.
Pletcher has entered a pair in both the Nashua and the Tempted. In the
Nashua, he will be represented by Intense Holiday and Master Lightning.
Holiday led at every call to break his maiden by 3 ½ lengths in his
second start, a one-mile race around two turns in August at Monmouth
Park. He enters the Nashua off a fifth, beaten 8 ½ lengths by stablemate
Havana, in the one-mile Foxwoods Champagne around one turn at Belmont.
"Intense Holiday just missed fourth in the Champagne, and this will be a little class relief for him," said Pletcher.
Javier Castellano will ride Intense Holiday, 6-1, from post 2.
R. Cook and Larry Pratt's Master Lightning, in contrast, will be
stepping up in class off a 1 ¾-length maiden win going 1 1/16 miles on
October 5 at Belmont. He has made one other start, a runner-up finish in
September at Belmont.
Hall of Famer John Velazquez has the call aboard Master Lightning, who drew post 8 and was installed at 8-1 on the morning line.
7-2 morning line favorite is Joseph Bucci's Manhattan Johnnie, who
posted a 5 ½-length victory in his only start, a six-furlong maiden
special weight contested in the slop on September 21 at Belmont. Trained
by Eddie Kenneally, Manhattan Johnnie will leave from post 11 with Jose
Lezcano at the helm.
Nashua field also includes Jose Sea View, winner of the Fitz Dixon, Jr.
Memorial Juvenile Stakes on September 26 over Presque Isle Downs'
Tapeta surface; recent debut winners Louisiana Flyboy, Awesome Wildcat,
and Protonico; Financial Mogul, fourth in the Grade 2 Futurity;
Tiznowforamerica, who is returning to dirt after finishing last of 12 in
the Grade 1 Breeders' Futurity; and Grand Arrival, eighth in the Grade 1
the Tempted, Stonetastic will attempt to go one better after finishing
second as the favorite in her graded stakes debut, the Grade 2
Pocahontas on September 7 at Churchill Downs.
a daughter of Mizzen Mast, romped by 12 ½ lengths in her first start, a
5 ½-furlong maiden special weight at Monmouth Park in August. Trying
two turns when stretched out to 1 1/16 miles in the Pocahontas, she
stalked the pace before making a three-wide bid, led in midstretch, and
was tagged late by Untapable, who prevailed by a half-length.
Stonetastic will be competing in a one-turn race in the Tempted,
trainer Kelly Breen believes the filly's destiny lies in two-turn
Pocahontas] was a good race to try her around two turns, and she did
everything but win and came up only a half-length short," said Breen,
who conditions Stonetastic for Stoneway Farm. "We're hoping to try her
around two turns again, and she has some grass in her pedigree, so we
can try that down the road. She posts fast times in her workouts but
we've been working on getting her to settle down and rate. We're happy
with the way she rated last time, and we're hoping she'll rate again in
[in the Tempted]. With the race being one turn, the first quarter-mile
might be a little quicker, which could help her rate."
Stonetastic, installed as the 2-1 morning-line second choice, will leave from post 2 with Joe Bravo in the irons.
Repole's Stopchargingmaria, one of two entrants for Pletcher in the
Tempted, also brings graded stakes-placed form into the Tempted. After
debuting a 5 ½-length winner at Saratoga in July, she finished second by
5 ¾ lengths to Sweet Reason in the Spa's Grade 1 Spinaway in September
and third by four lengths in the Grade 1 Frizette on October 5 at
second entrant, Potosi's Silver, enters the Tempted off a 6 ¼-length
maiden win in a 5 ½-furlong maiden race on September 22 at Belmont. The
Starlight Racing color-bearer was previously second to Gracer, also
entered in the Tempted, when traveling that distance in August at
Silver seemed to handle her last assignment well so we'll see how she
handles the stretch out in distance," said Pletcher. "Stopchargingmaria
has run well every time, and this should suit her."
Castellano has the assignment aboard Stopchargingmaria, 9-5, from post
5, while John Velazquez will ride Potosi's Silver, 4-1, from the rail.
the Tempted field are Gracer, third in the Grade 2 Matron; Divided
Attention, fourth in the Grade 1 Frizette; and Derek's Girl, winner of a
Del Mar maiden claimer.