Philly and Twice the Lady head a cast of eight fillies and mares in
Saturday’s feature at Laurel Park, the nine furlong, $125,000 Maryland
Racing Media Stakes.
Philly (8-5) won her first stakes in the Nellie Morse Stakes on January
26 at Laurel, earning a 91 Beyer speed figure. She’s won five times for
trainer Mike Trombetta, three while in the hands of Jeremy Rose. Rose
has teamed up with the daughter of Malibu Moon five times and has never
been worse than second.
is getting better every race,” Rose said. “What I like about her is
that she is so tactical. She has laid back, she has been on the lead. If
the pace is slow we’ll be close, if it is speedy she’ll be fine as
well. She is very nice to ride.”
the Lady (9-5) entered the Tony Dutrow barn by way of the claim box in
March and has won three races for her new connections including the
Affectionately at Aqueduct in late January to earn a 90 Beyer. The Quiet
American mare will be ridden by Sheldon Russell.
Saturday, Withgreatpleasure (9-2) rallied to finish third, after being
shuffled back at the start, in the Barbara Fritchie Handicap (G2). Last
year the daughter of Hold That Tiger won the Unbridled Stakes at
Delaware Park and finished second in five other added money races.
Travis Dunkelberger will be back at the controls for trainer David Nunn.
Grove has twice entered Touch the Birds (6-1) in stakes, earning a
third place finish in last year’s Shine Again at Pimlico Race Course and
a second in this year’s Nellie Morse behind Moon Philly. Forrest Boyce
will be in the saddle for the third straight time.
“She should be on the lead like last time,” added Rose. “If someone is going to push her that will be the ideal set up for us.”
to Charlie (12-1) took third behind Moon Philly and Touch the Birds in
the Nellie Morse. The daughter of Indian Charlie won the 2011 Twixt
Stakes here and has six other top four finishes in nine career stakes
starts. Julian Pimentel will ride.
Joyce’s Angel (20-1), Smart Cash (20-1) and Blessed Soul (30-1) round out the lineup.
to the race, the Maryland Racing Media Association will honor Jazzy
Idea as the 2012 Maryland-based Horse of the Year. Owned, trained and
bred by Edwin Merryman, the daughter of Great Notion won five stakes
races during her 3-year-old campaign, including an upset of Ben’s Cat in
the Laurel Dash Stakes.