Juddmonte Farms' Preferential
will kick off her 2014 campaign in the
$100,000 The Very One Stakes (G3) on Saturday afternoon at Gulfstream
Bred in Great Britain, the daughter of Dansili was a stakes winner at
three in France for trainer Criquette Head-Maarek before joining the
Bill Mott string in the U.S. last year. She made steady progress over
the course of 2013 and defeated Left a Message in what would be her
seasonal finale, the Dowager Stakes over 12 furlongs at Keeneland on
October 20. Now stabled at Gulfstream, Preferential will face off with
Left a Message once more over 11 panels in the The Very One.
"She didn't really start to come around until later in the year,"
Mott said. "She won over a similar distance last fall at Keeneland, so I
think she'll like it. She's doing great."
The four-month hiatus was not part of Mott's original plan for
Preferential, who had been slated to contest the La Prevoyante (G3) at
Calder in late December. That 1 1/2-mile event was canceled at the last
"We had to bypass the race at Calder when Churchill Downs decided
they didn't want to run the race, so it's been a long wait," Mott
Preferential, the 5-2 favorite on the morning line, will have the
services of jockey Julien Leparoux when she breaks from post five in the
The Very One.