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Stacelita Tunes Up for Breeders' Cup

Stacelita (no. 1), ridden by Ramon Dominguez and trained by Chad Brown, wins the 22nd running of the grade 1 Beverly D. Stakes for fillies and mares three years old and upward on August 13, 2011 at Arlington Park in Arlington Heights, Illinois. (Bob Mayberger/Eclipse Sportswire)

Trainer Chad Brown’s three contenders for the Breeders’ Cup tuned up for their future engagements by breezing on turf Sunday at Belmont Park.

 

Working in company with Desert Sage, Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf contender Stacelita breezed four furlongs in 48.55 seconds.

 

“She breezed a half-mile on the turf course, and she is doing very well,” said Brown, who trains the 5-year-old mare for Martin Schwartz.

 

Dayatthespa and Fantastic Song, respectively under consideration for the Grade 2 Breeders’ Cup Fillies Turf and Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, together traveled five furlongs in 1:04.01.

 

“They breezed a little slow,” said Brown. “It was OK, though. I have plenty of time to do some more work with them. They just started off a little slow – a little bit of rider error, to be honest with you. I thought they finished up well and galloped out good.”

 

Dayatthespa, second in the Grade 3 Natalma for owners Steve Laymon, Bradley Thoroughbreds, Kris Kruid, and John Eaton, is definite for the Juvenile Fillies Turf, Brown said. Dell Ridge Farm’s Fantastic Song, third in the Grade 3 Pilgrim, will run in the Juvenile Turf if he gets into the field, with Brown recognizing the colt could be excluded with insufficient points.

 

“Dayatthespa, we’re definitely pointing towards the Breeders’ Cup,” said Brown. “Fantastic Song most likely will go. I would say he would be on the bubble to get into the race. I think he’ll get in with his third-place finish in the Pilgrim, but I’m not positive about it.”

 

Brown said Schwartz’s Zagora, who returned from her win in the Grade 1 Diana to finish seventh in the Grade 2 Canadian, will be given a break and await a 2012 campaign.

 

“I want to shut her down and give her a little bit of a break,” said Brown. “She came out of the race in Canada sound, but her energy level is not where it was in the summer when she was in form. Her coat has changed a little bit. I think she is a little out of season right now. I’ll map out a campaign in the spring and get her to Florida early.”

 

 

 

What the Nation is saying about Stacelita Tunes Up for Breeders' Cup...

Midday is 11/4 & Stacelita is 4/1 at Williamhill. Can I please get 4/1 on BC day!?
@ruhlmann, The same Cirrus Des Aigles who confirmed he's having the best season of his career in 2011 by holding off So You Think by a half-length to win the G1 Champion Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.
Oops messed up, meant to say 6 months layoff to finish 3rd to Cirrus des Aigles.
Totally agree medlocke. She does have an advantage, and she's really starting to show what a great horse she is. Ran a great race against the boys in the United Nations off a 6 month layoff. She's my pick to win the BC FM turf, even though I'd love to see Cozi Rosie win for my boss.
Stacelita has adapted to racing in America like a dream. There will be some other talented European turf fillies and mares coming over for the BC F&M Turf. Many of them, Stacelita has already faced at some point in Europe. But I think she already has a huge advantage on them. Getting used to the American turf courses, and running really well on them, too. I think Stacelita is very much the one to beat in this year's BC F&M Turf. No matter who ship's over? JMO.

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