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Sassy Image Doing Rain Dance

Gulfstream Park
Photo: MEC

Jerry Romans’ Sassy Image is easily the most accomplished of 11 3-year-old fillies entered in Sunday’s $100,000 Coconut Grove Stakes scheduled for 1 1/16 miles on turf at Gulfstream Park, but the wrinkle is that trainer Dale Romans has her entered to run ‘main track only’ and hoping for a wet weather forecast.

That scenario played out well for Sassy Image in the $100,000 Sweetest Chant Stakes run here on Jan. 17. Scheduled for turf, the race was run on a ‘sloppy’ main track at one mile. Sassy Image romped home a 4 ½ lengths winner in her first start since capturing the Golden Rod Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 29.

Jockey Robby Albarado flew in from New Orleans for the mount on Sassy Image in the Sweetest Chant and is named on her in Sunday’s race. The chestnut daughter of Broken Vow won the Pocahontas Stakes (G3) at Churchill before the Golden Rod. The major goal is the Kentucky Oaks (G1) at Churchill Downs on Apr. 30.

Blazing Meadows Farm’s Blackwell and Brereton Jones’ Check the Label finished second and third, respectively, behind Sassy Image in the Sweetest Chant, and are entered back in the Coconut Grove. Check the Label could be the favorite if the race goes as scheduled on grass.

Jockey Alan Garcia is named to ride Check the Label for trainer Graham Motion. The Kentucky homebred daughter of Stormin Fever hit her best stride on turf at Churchill Downs in the fall, winning an allowance race by 2 ¼ lengths on Nov. 11 and finishing second in the Caressing Stakes on Nov. 28 in her last start before the Sweetest Chant.

Another solid contender on turf would be Mary and Chester Broman’s Khancord Kid with Rajiv Maragh aboard for trainer John Kimmel. The chestnut daughter of Lemon Drop Kid looked good winning an allowance over the course here on Jan. 14 in her first start since a fourth-place effort over ‘soft’ turf in the Good Mood Stakes at Belmont Park on Oct. 25.

In addition to Sassy Image, Twin Tree Stable’s Age of Humor was entered for ‘main track only’ by trainer Mike Maker with Rajiv Maragh named to ride. The daughter of Distorted Humor won the Busanda Stakes at Aqueduct on Jan. 9 in her third career start after a winning debut at Meadowlands in October and runner-up finish in a Philadelphia Park allowance in early December.

Completing the field entered in the Coconut Grove are Stone Farm and partners’ Upperline, E.T. Baird; Warehouse Investments’ Dancing Rage, Luis Arango; Barry Golden and The Posse’s Lucky Lass, Eibar Coa; DATTT Stable’s Dattt Echo, Eddie Castro; Lori and George Hall’s In the Rough, Joe Bravo; and Lael Stable’s Martita Sangrita, Jose Lezcano.


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