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McLaughlin Runners Live in Dearly Precious

A half-dozen 3-year-old fillies will vie for their first stakes win when they assemble Sunday afternoon at Aqueduct Racetrack for the $75,000 Dearly Precious.

 

Favored in the six-furlong sprint – postponed from last Saturday because of a snowstorm –  is Shadwell Stable’s homebred Elghayoor. The Ghostzapper filly has run well in both her starts, finishing second by two lengths to Ruthless runner-up Kiss the Lady first time out and then second, beaten three-quarters of a length, to the subsequently stakes-placed Dear To All.

 

“Right now, it seems like good timing to go ahead and try,” said Art Magnuson, assistant to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. “We think she can win, otherwise we wouldn’t run.”

 

Elghayoor, first-time Lasix, drew post position 2 with Eddie Castro aboard as the 2-1 morning-line favorite.

 

Joining Elghayoor in the starting gate will be stablemate Railtown Girl, who carries the colors of Cam Allard. An easy 2 ½-length winner of her first start at Delaware Park, the Candy Ride filly returned to New York and stepped right into stakes company, where she finished third behind the well-regarded Lady Banks in the $75,000 Ruthless on January 12.

 

“She’s improving leaps and bounds all the time,” said Magnuson of Railtown Girl, a $230,000 purchase as a 2-year-old. “She trained OK in the mornings at Saratoga, just OK, and Mr. Allard is great about trying what we need to try. We had other maidens, so we sent her out of town for the softer spot, and she ran very well. We took a shot in the Ruthless, and she stepped up. Hopefully she’ll step up again.”

 

Junior Alvarado will ride Railtown Girl, 8-1 on the morning line, from post position 4.

 

Kiss the Lady will be making her third straight stakes appearance for trainer Rudy Rodriguez, having faded to finish sixth after setting the early pace in the one-mile, 70-yard Busanda on January 5 prior to her runner-up finish in the Ruthless. The bay daughter of Quiet American, 1-1-0 from four starts, broke her maiden at second asking on November 11 over the Big A’s main track.

 

Jose Ortiz will be in the irons as Kiss the Lady leaves from post position 5 at 3-1 on the morning line.

 

New to the re-drawn race is True Fortune, who will be making her first stakes start and first start in open company. The Yes It’s True filly, who broke her maiden at Saratoga Race Course, enters the Dearly Precious off a late-running victory in a six-furlong optional claimer on January 31.  

 

True Fortune, 5-1 on the morning line, will leave from the rail with Irad Ortiz, Jr. aboard.

 

Rounding out the field are Cubicle Queen, the 5-2 second choice on the morning line off her front-running maiden victory on January 5, and recent maiden winner Maggiesfreuddnslip, who scored by 6 ¼ lengths on January 19.

 

 

 

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