Stable's multiple graded stakes winning filly Stopchargingmaria has
settled in nicely at Oaklawn Park since arriving Monday and is good to
go for Saturday's $400,000
Fantasy Stakes (G3), which offers the opportunity to earn qualifying
points for the Kentucky Oaks (G1).
shipped fine and is comfortable at Oaklawn," multiple Eclipse
Award-winning trainer Todd Pletcher said. "She's already had a couple of
gallops over the track and is doing
well. We're looking forward to her race."
who ended her juvenile campaign with victories in the Tempted Stakes
(G3) and Demoiselle Stakes (G2) last fall at Aqueduct, gets the chance
to redeem herself
in the race for 3-year-old fillies after faltering in her only effort
so far this year. She tired and wound up fifth as the second favorite in
the Davona Dale (G2) at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 22.
were disappointed with her first race back, but like a number of other
fillies in that race, she got caught up in the pace scenario that day,”
said Pletcher. “It was the
only time in her career that she didn't fire. She came back in good
order and since then, she has been training well."
has a progressive work pattern at Palm Meadows Training Center in South
Florida, and two breezes back, she turned in a bullet 4f breeze in :48
flat for the
fastest time of the distance of 52 horses. The Kentucky-bred daughter
of Tale of the Cat has won three of six starts and has one second and
one third with $554,000 to her credit.
Pletcher said that he hopes she will regain her form in the Fantasy, which will be contested at 1 1/6 miles.
race will determine whether she goes on to the Oaks or not," said
Pletcher, who gave Oaklawn based jockey Ramon Vazquez the call. "But
first, let's get this one under
Fantasy is among the races in the second leg of the qualifying series
for the Kentucky Oaks, which is limited to 14 starters, and it offers
170 points (100-40-20-10) to
the top four finishers. Stopcharging Maria comes into the race with 12
points for 16th place.
Fantasy field, from the rail, out, is: Sugar Shock (Channing Hill),
Haveyougoneaway (Jareth Loveberry), Euphrosyne (Ricardo Santana Jr.),
Mufajaah (Joe Johnson), Kiss Moon
(Terry Thompson), Please Explain (Drayden Van Dyke), Stopchargingmaria
(Ramon Vazquez), and Courageous Julie (Jon Court).
also said that his other charges who will compete in the Racing
Festival of the South, $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) candidate
Commissioner and $600,000 Oaklawn
Handicap (G2) contenders Revolutionary and Golden Lad, will travel and
arrive on the grounds Apr. 8. Golden Lad, a winner of four straight
races, was victorious in the $200,000 Razorback Handicap (G3) here last