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Love and Pride Eyes Beldame

Love and Pride emerged from her 10-1 upset of the Grade 1 Personal Ensign Invitational Handicap in “excellent” shape, trainer Todd Pletcher said this afternoon, adding that the Grade 1 Beldame Invitational on September 29 at Belmont Park is a possibility for the 4-year-old A.P. Indy filly.


In the meantime, Pletcher is preparing to cap the extraordinary meet he’s having with 2-year-olds as he brings back some of his more impressive maiden winners in Sunday’s Grade 1 Spinaway and Monday’s Grade 2 Three Chimneys Hopeful.

Corail, who debuted a 3 ½-length winner on August 1, and Dreaming of Julia, who won by 10 ½ lengths on August 6, both worked five furlongs this morning in preparation for the Spinaway. Owned by Wertheimer and Frere, Corail covered the distance in 1:00.95 while Stonestreet Stables’ Dreaming of Julia went in 59.53.

In the Three Chimneys Hopeful, Pletcher could have as many as four starters, all of whom breezed this morning for the seven-furlong feature on closing day.

Starlight Racing’s Lawn Man, a four-length winner on July 28, and Repole Stable’s Overanalyze, who won on August 9, breezed a half-mile in 48.65 over the main track while Dogwood Stable’s Palace Malice, a second-out winner on August 4, went the same distance in 48.90. Shanghai Bobby, the Starlight Racing colt who is 2-for-2 including Belmont Park’s Track Barron Stakes, breezed five furlongs in 1:00.91, also on the main track.

“It’s great to win maiden races, but ideally, we’re hopefully developing them into stakes horses,” said Pletcher. “We’d like to continue along the lines of what we did with [Stonestreet’s Grade 2 Adirondack Stakes winner] Kauai Katie and build their maiden race into a more important race.”

Pletcher added that Stay Thirsty and Rule, both of whom breezed Sunday, remain on target for Saturday’s Grade 1 Woodward, and revealed that Repole Stable’s Caixa Eletronica would likely start in Saturday’s Grade 1 Forego, with Alma d’Oro possible for the seven-furlong race.

 

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