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Plum Pretty Finally Returns in Apple Blossom

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In the 11 months that have passed since her victory in the 2011 Kentucky Oaks (G1), Peachtree Stable’s Plum Pretty has grown into the 4-5 favorite’s role she’ll assume when making her season debut over four other fillies and mares in the $500,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) Friday at Oaklawn.
  
“Just look at her, she’s gorgeous,” assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes remarked Thursday morning as the California invader came off the track following a brisk gallop.
 
While looks aren’t enough to win races, anyone who compares the 4-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro to her 3-year-old form will note the way she’s matured into a more solid runner.
 
“She’s bigger than she was last year," Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert said from California. "She's filled out and grown up. She should run well.”
 
Plum Pretty hasn’t raced since a fifth-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic (G1) on Nov. 4, but she is the class of the field with earnings of more than $1.3 million. In addition to her Kentucky Oaks score last year, she romped by 7 1/2 lengths while completing the 1 1/16-mile Cotillion Stakes (G2) at Parx, going 1:41.19 on a fast track to post a career-high Beyer Speed Figure of 108. She’ll carry top weight of 117 pounds in the 1 1/16-mile test.
 
“She’s been training great,” Baffert remarked. “She’s a speed type, but her speed carries. She might be a little rusty but she’s training really well.”
 
Rolling into the Apple Blossom off a career-best win in the March 17 Azeri Stakes (G3) here for trainer Steve Hobby is Tiz Miz Sue, a 5-year-old daughter of Tiznow who posted her highest Beyer Speed Figure yet (102) last time out. Tiz Miz Sue was assigned 115 pounds. She has been a consistent presence in stakes company since the summer of 2010 and finished third in the Personal Ensign Invitational (G1) in her last start in Grade 1 company for Cresran LLC. 
 
Briland Farm’s Absinthe Minded was fourth in the Azeri, but previously took the $75,000 Pippin and $100,000 Bayakoa over Tiz Miz Sue. The 5-year-old daughter of Quiet American carries 114 for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas.
 
Twelve Twenty Two, a 4-year-old Kafwain filly assigned 113, shipped in with Arkansas Derby contender Isn’t He Clever and carries a three-race win streak in Sunland Park stakes races – the Harry Henson Handicap, El Diario Stakes, and Bold Ego Handicap – into the Apple Blossom. Her last start in Grade 1 company, the May 7 Humana Distaff Stakes at Churchill Downs, resulted in a seventh-place finish for Kirk and Judy Robison and Solitaire Stable.
 
Lightweight in the field is Drs. K.K. and Vilasini Jayaraman’s Holy Heavens, carrying 111 for trainer Joe Martin. The 4-year-old daughter of Holy Bull won a six-furlong allowance optional claimer here going six furlongs March 3 but was fourth last time out at the 1 1/16-mile distance.
 
The Apple Blossom is Friday’s main attraction, 10th on an 11-race card that also features the $100,000 Instant Racing Stakes (ninth on the card). First post is 1:30 p.m. (CDT) and the Apple Blossom is schedule to go off at 6:04 p.m. (CDT).
 
 
 

 

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When is the last time a trainer won the Southwest (2x), Rebel, Fantasy, Apple Blossom, and Arkansas Derby in the same year? Never! The Power of Bob
Twelve Twenty Two is a 7yo mare. She was off from 2/22/08 to 12/17/10.

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