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Mix won last year’s Mrs. Revere (Grade II) after finishing second in the
Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (GI) at Keeneland and Centre Court will
try to follow in her footsteps in Saturday night’s 1 1/16-mile event for
worked out well last year,” trainer Rusty Arnold said. “We were very
happy with her in the QEII (after finishing second to Dayatthespa). I
wouldn’t have traded spots with anyone at the quarter pole.”
Court scored her first graded-stakes victory in the Regret (GIII) at Churchill
Downs in the spring. She followed up that victory with a win in Saratoga’s Lake
George (GII). After finishing second to Stephanie’s Kitten in the Lake
Placid (GII), Centre Court was given a break to prepare for her first try
against Grade I company.
gave her two races at Saratoga and wanted to have her at 100-percent for the
Queen Elizabeth,” Arnold said. “It’s a Grade I and at our home track. I think
we had her as good as she could be for that race. She still has room for
improvement. She’s only a 3-year-old.”
dark bay or brown daughter of Smart Strike, Centre Court made her career debut
at Churchill Downs and finished fifth in a maiden special on the main track.
Since then, the G. Watts Humphrey Jr. homebred has remained on the turf and has
yet to be worse than second on the grass in seven starts.
good ones like that are few and far between,” Arnold said. “You don’t find ones
like her often that show that kind of consistency. She’s run well at Churchill,
Gulfstream, Keeneland and Saratoga and really has never run a bad race. It’s a
combination of talent and the will to do it.”
said the Mrs. Revere is far from an easy race for the 5-2 morning-line
an extremely competitive race,” Arnold said. “It’s the last chance to face
3-year-old fillies, so everyone with a good 3-year-old is going to take a shot.
(Michael) Matz has two good fillies in the race (Somali Lemonade
and Colonial Flag), Todd (Pletcher’s) filly (Peace
Preserver) is improving and Chris Block’s filly (Leading Astray)
hasn’t done anything wrong.”
Mrs. Revere will be the final race of Centre Court’s 3-year-old campaign. She
will be given the winter off and then be pointed to the Jenny Wiley (GI) at
Keeneland in April.