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September 22, 2012. My Miss Aurelia, ridden by Corey Nakatani and trained by Steve Asmussen, wins the 43rd running of the Grade 1 Cotillion Stakes at Parx Racing on Cotillion/PA Derby Day. Questing (inside), Irad Ortiz Jr. up, is second. (Joan Fairman Kanes/Eclipse Sportswire)

My Miss Aurelia, an overwhelming choice as Eclipse Award-winning 2-year-old filly for 2012, heads a field of seven in Wednesday’s Grade I, $300,000 La Brea Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs. Trained by Steve Asmussen, My Miss Aurelia tasted defeat for the first time when an impressive second, beaten 1 ½ lengths, to Horse of the Year candidate Royal Delta in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 2.

Although she’s shortening up from 1 1/8 miles, the Kentucky-bred daughter of Smart Strike has three sprint victories to her credit and drilled five furlongs in a bullet 59 flat on Dec. 12, indicating she’s on edge for the La Brea. Her star-studded resume includes three grade I wins; the Frizette at Belmont Park, the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Churchill Downs, and the Cotillion Stakes at Parx Racing and Casino in Pennsylvania.

Bred by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings and owned by Stonestreet Stables and George Bolton, My Miss Aurelia has been installed as the solid La Brea favorite at 4-5 by Morning Line Maker John White. My Miss Aurelia has earnings of $2,386,000 from a record of 7-6-1-0.

Trainer Peter Miller is hoping for an upset in the La Brea, as he sends out the aptly named Reneesgotzip, who comes off a neck victory in the six furlong Skillfull Joy Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park on Dec. 1. Owned by the Lanni Family Trust, the Kentucky-bred daughter of City Zip was third, beaten 1 ¾ lengths by Mizdirection, in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint on Nov. 3.

Reneesgotzip drew post three and will have to contend early with the speedy Nechez Dawn, who drew alongside in post two and who was second to “Renee” in the Skillfull Joy. Reneesgotzip has banked $454,460 from a record of 9-5-2-1.

Baffert will saddle three in the La Brea: Book Review, Candrea and Mama Kimbo. Book Review, previously trained by Chad Brown, finished a disappointing fifth in the Grade I Gazelle Stakes at Aqueduct on Nov. 24. Owned and bred by Gary and Mary West, Book Review, by Giant’s Causeway, has a record of 9-4-2-1, with earnings of $414,955.

Lightly raced Mama Kimbo broke her maiden at first asking at Santa Anita on Feb. 12, earning a 101 Beyer Speed Figure while covering six furlongs in 1:07.60 and winning by 5 ½ lengths. She won the Grade II Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn Park in her next start on April 11, and then tired badly to finish fourth as the even-money favorite in the Grade II Black Eyed Susan at Pimlico Racecourse on May 18. At odds of 3-5, she finished second, beaten a neck by stablemate Candrea, in a classified allowance race going 6 ½ furlongs on Nov. 29 at Betfair Hollywood.

Owned by Peachtree Stable, Mama Kimbo has earnings of $242,000 from a record of 4-2-1-0.

Candrea, owned by Pegram, Watson or Weitman, will try to make it two-in-a-row in the La Brea and will again get the services of Martin Garcia. A Florida-bred filly by Trippi, she has a record of 10-3-2-0 and earnings of $163,980.

The afore-mentioned Nechez Dawn, trained by Jeff Bonde, will again be ridden by Edwin Maldonado, who comes off his first major meet riding title in California at Betfair Hollywood Park. Nechez Dawn is owned by Ten Broeck Farm and has earnings of $167,400 from a record of 7-4-1-0.

Creditcardroulette will attempt to take a big step forward as she comes off a first-condition allowance tally at six furlongs on Dec. 1. Trained by Tom Proctor and owned by Glenn Hill Farm, she’ll be ridden for the first time by Joel Rosario.

The complete field for the La Brea Stakes, which will be run as race four, with jockey and weights in post position order: Mamma Kimbo, Mike Smith, 118; Nechez Dawn, Edwin Maldonado, 118; Reneesgotzip, Garrett Gomez, 118; Creditcardroulette, Joel Rosario, 118; My Miss Aurelia, Corey Nakatani, 123; Candrea, Martin Garcia, 118, and Book Review, Rafael Bejarano, 118.



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She should, URR. However, I liked Mamma Kimbo's prep for this race. Didn't look like she was asked much. She either steals it, or MMA, duel champion, gobbles her up. 1,5,7.
  • CreativeCause · Also MMA has five extra pounds to carry, but I would never doubt her, she has the heart of a true champ. MMA all the way in this one. · 1248 days ago
MMA should smash the competition

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