wide-open field of seven 3-year old fillies is expected to face starter
Bruce Wagner in Saturday’s $125,000 Wide Country Stakes at Laurel Park.
to All (2-1) posted the highest speed rating among the seven runners
while breaking her maiden at Aqueduct on December 30. The Tale of the
Cat filly, who will break from the rail in the seven furlong test on the
main track, has been on the board in all three starts during her
freshman campaign. Sheldon Russell will ride for Tony Dutrow.
(5-2) won three straight races at Laurel during the 2012 fall meeting,
capped off with an easy victory in the Maryland Juvenile Filly
Championship on New Year’s Eve. The Sagamore Farm runner is trained by
Ignacio Correas, who said after the stakes win that the daughter of
Candy Ride (ARG) had a chance to run in the Black-Eyed Susan (G2) at
Pimlico on May 17.
Jeremy Rose has been aboard all three victories and likes how Walkwithapurpose improved with each start.
keeps getting better and better and better,” Rose said. “The first time
I rode her (October 3) I didn’t know if she was going to leave the
course or not. The second time (November 16) she went straight but lost
her way and I had to go wide to get the win. Last time out, the light
bulb went on. Since that start she has continued to impress in three
works. I really don’t think distance is going to be an issue and I
believe she has potential to be a Black-Eyed Susan type of horse. Her
numbers have improved with each start but to be able to get there, we
have to beat runners like these.”
Lady (7-2) has two wins and two thirds on her resume. The third place
finishes came in the Smart Halo Stakes at Laurel and the Old Hat Stakes
(G3) at Gulfstream Park. John Servis has shipped her back from Florida
and has named John Bisono to ride.
of Reality (6-1) is riding a two win streak into the Wide Country. The
Street Sense filly beat maiden $25,000 company in November at Parx
Racing, then returned on New Year’s Day to trounce non-winners of one
allowance company. Carlos Marquez has the call on the Patricia Farro
Fun (8-1) has finished first or second in four consecutive races,
including an allowance victory here on January 21. The Latent Heat filly
finished second, eight lengths back of Walkwithapurpose in the Maryland
Juvenile Filly Championship. Forrest Boyce rides for trainer Donald
Haseena (10-1) has runner-up finishes in her two previous stakes tries:
the Smart Halo and the Gin Talking. Kevin Navarro will ride the
Songandaprayer filly for the fourth consecutive race. Frannie Campitelli
is her trainer.
All Scat (12-1) won the Gin Talking Stakes at odds of 13-1 in November.
Mike Pino shipped her to Gulfstream, where she finished fifth in the
Old Hat, less than three lengths out of the money, and now has her back
in Maryland. Jose Caraballo regains the mount.