Stablemates Elghayoor and Railtown Girl, the 1-2
finishers in last month’s Dearly Precious, return Saturday to take on
five other 3-year-old fillies in Saturday’s 21st running of the $100,000 Cicada
at Aqueduct Racetrack.
The six-furlong Cicada, which will be run as race 9 on the
10-race card, is the final stakes of the Big A’s inner track season
before racing moves to the main track
on Wednesday, March 20.
Owned by Shadwell Stable and trained by Kiaran McLaughlin,
Elghayoor was still a maiden when she went postward in the six-furlong
Dearly Precious. Narrowly beaten in
her first two starts, the homebred Ghostzapper filly sat three-wide off
an early duel, took command in the stretch and held off the late rally
from Railtown Girl to break her maiden in style.
Railtown Girl, who carries the colors of Cam Allard, won first
time out at Laurel Park as a 2-year-old, then finished third in the
Ruthless over a muddy track prior
to her runner-up effort in the Dearly Precious.
“They’re both doing well,” said McLaughlin’s assistant, Art
Magnuson. “We’re not trying to keep them apart – yet. Most importantly,
Mr. Allard and Mr. [Rick] Nichols
[of Shadwell] are happy.”
Eddie Castro has the return call on Elghayoor, who drew post
position 5 as the 3-1 second choice on the morning line, while Irad
Ortiz, Jr. picks up the mount on Railtown
Girl, 8-1, from post position 7.
New York debut as the 7-5 morning-line favorite is Mike Repole’s Highestmaintenance, a $240,000 pruchase at the Ocala Breeders’
Sale last March. The Macho Uno filly was a front-running 6 ¾-length maiden winner at
Park on December 20 going six furlongs, for
which she earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 86, and set the pace and held
for second when stretched out to a mile in an optional claimer last time
out on January 25.
“She should be prominently placed and in the mix early,” said
trainer Todd Pletcher’s assistant, Michael McCarthy, of
Highestmaintenance. “This is a chance for her to
get some black type early.”
Rajiv Maragh will ride Highestmaintenance from post position 6.
Over the years, trainer Anthony Dutrow has enjoyed success
shipping in to Aqueduct from the Mid-Atlantic, and he is hoping to
continue that with Dianne Manning’s Disco
Barbie and I’m Mom’s Favorite, who carries the colors of Cash is King,
No worse than third in five outings, Disco Barbie most recently
went last-to-first in a six-furlong allowance over a sloppy Parx Racing
strip, while I’m Mom’s Favorite
was a game nose winner at the Big A on February 1 after an awkward
“I’m Mom’s Favorite is lightly raced, but she’s shown a lot of
promise,” said Dutrow, who won the 2010 and 2011 editions of the Cicada
with Liam’s Dream and Quantum
Miss, respectively. “She’s demonstrated she deserves a chance to
compete with nicer fillies this quickly. Disco Barbie has already shown
she can compete on this level, and I’m very happy with both of them.”
With Stewart Elliott aboard, Disco Barbie, 12-1 on the morning
line, will leave from the rail while I’m Mom’s Favorite, 7-2, drew post
position 4. Junior Alvarado will
Rounding out the field are Sense of Reality, third in the
Caeser’s Wish at Laurel last time out, and Kiss the Lady, most recently
third behind Elghayoor and Railtown
Girl in the Dearly Precious.