Peachtree Stable’s 3-year-old filly Sacristy has gone from strength to
strength in her four career starts for trainer Wayne Catalano, winning
the $100,000 Old Hat Stakes (G3) by 1 ¾ lengths at Gulfstream Park last
out on New Year’s Day, and will likely be favored to take another step
up in the $200,000 Forward Gal Stakes (G2) Sunday.
Jockey Kent Desormeaux has ridden Sacristy in her last three starts and
will be back aboard in the seven-furlong Forward Gal. The dark bay
daughter of Pulpit began her career finishing second in maiden special
events at Arlington Park and Keeneland before breaking through to score
by 6 ¾ lengths at Churchill Downs going 6 ½ furlongs on Nov. 10 before
shipping south for the winter.
“We’re happy with the way she’s training and we’re looking forward to Sunday’s race,” Catalano said.
Rallying to finish second in the Old Hat and coming back in the Forward
Gal will be Rick Shanley’s Say a Novena with jockey Elvis Trujillo in
the saddle for trainer Eddie Plesa, Jr. The daughter of Songandaprayer
posted three wins and two seconds from seven starts last year, winning
stakes at Monmouth Park and Parx before a 10th-place finish from post 14
in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) at Churchill Downs on Nov.
“We’re looking forward to this race’ said Plesa Thursday morning. “We
know she likes the distance. She got back a little farther then we
thought she would in her last race, and got some dirt kicked in her
face, but we were pleased with her race. We’re going to put ‘blinkers
on’ and that should keep her more focused and put her in more of a
stalking position for this race.”
Also certain to attract support will be E. Paul Robsham Stable’s
Broadway Alibi with jockey John Velazquez in the saddle for leading
trainer Todd Pletcher. The Kentucky homebred by Vindication finished
second in her debut at Delaware Park on August 20 before breaking her
maiden there by seven lengths in her next start on Sept. 10. In one
start since, she romped home a five-length winner of a 6 ½-furlong
allowance here on Dec. 15.
The ‘wild card’ entry in the Forward Gal is Elaine, Richard and Bertram
Klein’s Good Deed invading from New Orleans for trainer Steve Margolis
with jockey Corey Lanerie along for the ride. The Kentucky homebred
daughter of Broken Vow has won her last three of four career starts
impressively over three different racetracks, most recently the Letelier
Memorial going six furlongs at Fair Grounds on Dec. 18 by three
Completing the field for the Forward Gal are Klaravich Stables and
William H. Lawrence’s Quick Flip, Rajiv Maragh; and Peras
International’s Yara, Luis Saez.