Ramona Bass’s undefeated sophomore filly
Applauding will not participate in Saturday’s Grade III, $200,000 Rachel Alexandra Stakes, trainer
Al Stall Jr. said Monday after a four-furlong breeze in :50 4/5.
didn’t work to my satisfaction and I’m going to scratch her,” Stall
said. “She just wasn’t herself. I don’t know if something’s bugging
her internally or what. She just wasn’t right.”
was a nine-length debut winner at Keeneland in October and followed
that with a six-length allowance win at Fair Grounds on Dec.
2 but hasn’t raced since. She was the morning line favorite in last
month’s $125,000 Silverbulletday Stakes but scratched the day of the
race due to a minor case of colic.