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Check The Label Heads Lake Placid


Check the Label will aim for her fourth consecutive victory at as many tracks when she competes at Saratoga Race Course on Sunday in the Grade 2, $150,000 Woodford Reserve Lake Placid for 3-year-old fillies on the turf.


Third, second, and fourth in three stakes at Gulfstream Park over the winter, Check the Label earned a breakthrough victory in Keeneland’s Grade 3 Appalachian on April 15. After overcoming traffic trouble to win the Grade 2 Sands Point at Belmont Park on Labor Day, the daughter of Stormin Fever most recently closed into a slow pace to take the Grade 3 Virginia Oaks at Colonial Downs on July 17.


“She’s just a filly who has improved a lot, without a doubt,” said trainer Graham Motion of Check the Label, who was acquired privately by Lael Stable from breeder Brereton C. Jones following the Virginia Oaks. “Even I’m surprised at the ease with which has won these races. She has a tremendous turn of foot.”


Check the Label, who had stalked the pace in the Appalachian and Sands Point, demonstrated stretch kick in the Virginia Oaks when she rallied from last of eight following a half mile in 51.82 to win by 2 ¾ lengths.


“She broke a little awkwardly and got shuffled back,” said Motion. “Ramon Dominguez had the choice of having her pull to the front or to lay back. She had a lot of work to do, but it worked out.”


Dominguez retains the mount aboard Check the Label, the 7-5 morning line favorite who drew post position 3.


Roger Attfield has already won graded stakes in New York this year with Lady Shakespeare and her half-sister Perfect Shirl, and the Woodbine-based conditioner will attempt to pick up another on Saturday with No Explaining.

Making her graded stakes debut last time out in the Grade 2 Lake George at Saratoga on July 28, No Explaining closed furiously after finding room in deep stretch to finish third behind stablemate Perfect Shirl and Exclusive Love, with the latter installed at 9-2 on the morning line for the Woodword Reserve Lake Placid.


“I thought that if No Explaining had a better trip, she would have been right there,” said Attfield.


No Explaining, the 7-2 second choice, will be ridden by John Velazquez and break from post position 5.


Also looking for her first stakes triumph is Triple Cream, fourth in two graded events at Hollywood Parks in the spring prior to a third in the Grade 3 Boiling Springs on June 26 and a second in the Desert Vixen, both at Monmouth Park.


“We’re going to put blinkers on her for Sunday’s race,” said trainer Jimmy Toner. “It looks like there’s something there, but we just can’t get her over the top. We hope the blinkers will get her to focus a little more.”


Triple Cream, 5-1 on the morning line, will leave from post 2 with Rajiv Maragh in the irons.

It’s Tea Time and Hatheer, both coming off victories in allowance races, complete the field.


The field for the Grade 2 Woodford Reserve Lake Placid:








Hatheer (KY)

A Garcia


K P McLaughlin



Triple Cream (KY)

R Maragh


J J Toner



Check the Label (KY)

R A Dominguez


H G Motion



Exclusive Love (KY)

S Bridgmohan


M E Casse



No Explaining (IRE)

J R Velazquez


R L Attfield



It's Tea Time (KY)

J R Leparoux


G R Arnold, II







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