Joyce Young’s 3-year-old Kentucky homebred filly Caroline Thomas, a
regally-bred daughter of Giant’s Causeway out of the Grade 1 winner Bit
of Whimsy, will try to earn some black type of her own when making her
stakes debut in Sunday’s $100,000 Sweetest Chant Stakes at Gulfstream
Jockey Luis Saez picks up the mount on Caroline Thomas for trainer
Barclay Tagg in a field of eight 3-year-old fillies drawn for the one
mile turf course test. She has made three starts beginning with a
runner-up debut on turf at Belmont Park in mid-September, a maiden win
over the Aqueduct course in early November, and a sharp allowance
victory over the Gulfstream course on Dec. 16.
“We’ve had high expectations for her from the beginning,” said Tagg.
“She’s doing real good and bucking and playing this morning. It looks
like a Graded stakes-quality field. It will be a tough test but we think
she’ll be up to it.”
The dam Bit of Whimsy is a daughter of Distorted Humor bred and
raced by the same connections. She won four of 10 starts including the
Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Stakes (G1) at Keeneland and Mrs. Revere
Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs for Tagg in 2007.
Caroline Thomas’ chief rival would appear to be John Davison’s
Mystic Love with regular jockey Elvis Trujillo aboard for trainer
Jessica Campitelli. Mystic Love has won three of four starts and beat
colts here last out winning the $100,000 Dania Beach Stakes on Dec. 15.
The Maryland-bred daughter of Not For Love won the Selima Stakes
sprinting over the Laurel Park course in her previous start on Oct. 27.
“We chose the Dania Beach against colts rather than wait for the
Ginger Brew two weeks later because of the timing and the distance,”
said Campitelli. “We didn’t want her to have to go a
mile-and-and-sixteenth in her first start going a distance after
sprinting in her first three starts when she only had to go a mile in
the Dania Beach. She’s trained great and we’re looking forward to this
Patricia Generazio’s New York homebred filly Discreet Marq has
already run in four stakes for trainer Jane Cibelli, most recently
finishing third in the $75,000 Ginger Brew Stakes over the Gulfstream
course on New Year’s Day after setting the pace to mid-stretch. Jockey
Joe Rocco, Jr. gets the call on the daughter of Discreet Cat who won an
overnight stakes on turf at Aqueduct on Nov. 22 in her previous start.
An intriguing contender in the Sweetest Chant is Swift Thoroughbreds
and partners’ Irish-bred Premier Steps to be ridden by Javier
Castellano for trainer Chad Brown. The daughter of Footstepsinthesand
won one of five starts in England last year before traveling to
California where she finished sixth in the Miesque Stakes (G3) at
Hollywood Park last out on Nov. 24, although beaten only 2 ¾ lengths for
it all after a rough start.
Alice and James Sapara’s Leinan makes her first start since
capturing the $155,000 Glorious Song Stakes going seven furlongs on
Polytrack at Woodbine on Nov. 11. Jockey Luis Contreras is named to ride
for trainer Josie Carroll.
Leinan is a daughter of Ready’s Image purchased for $80,000 at the
Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sales and made three starts before
the Glorious Song, beginning with an impressive five-length debut
victory on Polytrack in April at Keeneland. She didn’t run again until
posting runner-up efforts at Woodbine in September and October, one on
Polytrack and the other on turf.
Completing the field are W.S. Farish and Gabe Grossberg’s Jadira,
Alan Garcia; Team Block’s I O Ireland, Francisco Torres; and Brooklyn
Boyz Stables and MeB Racing Stable’s Heading to Toga, Joel Rosario.