a daughter of a pair of Grade 1 winners, will attempt to register her
first stakes victory when she competes in the Grade 3, $200,000 Turnback
the Alarm Handicap for fillies and mares on Saturday at Belmont Park.
of the eight entrants in the 1 1/16-mile Turnback the Alarm have
captured at least one stakes, but none have won at the graded level.
a 5-year-old Darley Stable homebred, has finished third in her two most
recent starts, the Grade 1 Personal Ensign Invitational Handicap in
August at Saratoga Race Course and the Grade 1 Beldame Invitational on
September 28 at Belmont. In addition, she was third in Belmont's Grade 1
Ogden Phipps Handicap in May, which she followed with a fourth in the
Grade 1 Delaware Handicap in July, also won by Royal Delta.
the Personal Ensign, Centring raced as far as 17 lengths off the pace
before picking up the pieces to finish 6 ¼ lengths behind Royal Delta.
She raced just off the pace in the Beldame but couldn't match strides
late with the top two, reporting home 8 ¾ lengths behind the winner,
Princess of Sylmar, who defeated Royal Delta by two lengths. Both races
had five starters.
is by 1992 Horse of the Year and Belmont Stakes winner A.P. Indy and
out of dual Grade 1 winner Composure, and her connections are hoping to
win a graded stakes with her before she is retired for broodmare duty.
managed to be stakes placed a couple of times this year, so we're
pretty happy about that," said trainer Tom Albertrani. "We're still
hoping to get a stakes win under her. Hopefully, this is a good
opportunity to make her a stakes winner. This could be her last year in
training. We still have a little time [after the Turnback the Alarm]. We
still have the opportunity to, maybe, bring her down to Florida."
Royal Delta and Princess of Sylmar absent from the Turnback the Alarm,
Albertani is hopeful Centring will get that elusive stakes win on
been racing with some of the top fillies this year," said Albertrani.
"She has been managing to get a piece of the purse in these big races.
Hopefully, this will be a bit of a class break her for her. We'll see
how she competes here."
Joel Rosario will ride Centring, the 2-1 morning line favorite, from post position 6.
Royal Lahaina and Fantasy of Flight will be making their first starts
for trainer Todd Pletcher in the Turnback the Alarm. Royal Lahaina took
an off-the-turf edition of the restricted Mariensky in June for Rudy
Rodriguez, while Fantasy of Flight was second in the Grade 2 Vagrancy
Handicap and Grade 3 Bed o' Roses for Michelle Nevin.
the Mariensky, Royal Lahaina finished fifth in the Grade 3 84 Lumber
Shuvee Handicap in July at Saratoga and second in the Lady's Secret on
August 25 at Monmouth Park. Fantasy of Flight was second in an optional
claimer on the turf in July at Saratoga and will be stretching out in
distance off a seventh in the Grade 1, seven-furlong Ballerina on August
23, also at the Spa.
had Royal Lahaina for five or six weeks now and she's been training
well," said Pletcher, who trains the 5-year-old for James A. Riccio.
"There haven't been a lot of options for her, so we've been targeting
this for a while now.
a similar situation with Fantasy of Flight," Pletcher added of the
5-year-old owned by Sanford H. Robbins. "Most of her races have been
shorter, but we're going to try her at 1 1/16 miles."
her lone start beyond one mile, Fantasy of Flight was second in a one
mile, 70-yard optional claimer at Aqueduct Racetrack in March 2012.
of Flight has raced just once beyond one mile, finishing second in a
one mile, 70-yard optional claimer in March 2012 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Ortiz has the call aboard Royal Lahaina, 6-1 on the morning line, from
post 7. Fantasy of Flight, 9-2, will depart from the rail with Hall of
Famer John Velazquez aboard.
Secret, who placed in three stakes on the turf in Europe, has found her
niche on the dirt in the United States since being transferred to
trainer Chad Brown.
5-year-old owned by Peter A. Putsch, Street Secret began her stateside
career with a win in an optional claimer at Gulfstream Park and a
dead-heat third in the Miss Liberty in May at Monmouth Park on the grass
before she switched surfaces. Since then, she has won the Open Mind in
June at Belmont, and finished second in Saratoga's Alada in August and
Belmont's Parlo on September 19. All three races were restricted stakes
on the main track, with the Alada having been contested in the slop.
has been doing really well since we put her on the dirt, and we're
looking forward to trying a graded stake on the dirt," said Brown, the
leading trainer by wins during the Belmont fall meet. "She had been
running on the turf over in France. She had always trained well on the
dirt, and her pedigree suggested she could possibly handle the dirt.
When the opportunity came to try her on the dirt, we went for it, and it
has worked out well so far."
Street Secret, the 3-1 morning-line second choice, will have the services of meet-leading jockey Javier Castellano from post 2.
Invader, who defeated Street Secret in the Parlo, will try to rebound
off a last-of-five performance in the Beldame. The Parlo was Roman
Invader's first win in five starts since she was claimed for $62,500 in
June by trainer David Jacobson, who owns her in partnership with
Christopher T. Dunn.
being claimed, Roman Invader has routed and sprinted and has raced on
both dirt and turf, but Jacobson says the 6-year-old is best going long
on the main track.
was hard getting her into the groove of running. We were having trouble
finding the right races," said Jacobson. "There were few races [for
her] in Saratoga, and she was running on the grass. She can run on the
grass, but she seems to excel on the dirt. That kind of showed when she
finished second in that optional claiming race. When she went long on
the dirt [in the Parlo] she just exploded. We ran her back a little too
quick in the Beldame, but we freshened her up a little bit and she's
pretty sharp coming into this. I think this will be an easier spot."
David Cohen will ride Roman Invader, 12-1, from post 8.
field also includes Lady Cohiba, who won an off-the-turf renewal of the
Glens Falls on September 2 at Saratoga; Stanwyck, a half-sister to
Grade 1 winners Giacomo and Tiago who was fifth in an optional claimer
on the turf on July 21 at the Spa; and Moon Philly, a 5 ½-length winner
of the Justakiss on October 7 at Delaware Park.