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Stopchargingmaria Stretches Out in Demoiselle

Stopchargingmaria Stretches Out in Demoiselle
Stopchargingmaria, a 10 ¾-length winner of the Grade 3 Tempted in her most recent start, will attempt to stretch out to 1 1/8 miles as she faces five other 2-year-old fillies Saturday in the Grade 2, $400,000 Demoiselle at Aqueduct Racetrack.    


Trained by Todd Pletcher for the Repole Stable, Stopchargingmaria finished second to Sweet Reason this past summer in the Grade 1 Spinaway at Saratoga Race Course and then third in the Grade 1 Frizette on October 5 at Belmont Park before winning the Tempted.


"It's hard to gauge the last race how good it was," Pletcher said. "She came to the wire well in hand with her ears pricked. Why the [Beyer Speed Figures] don't show it's a monstrous effort, I don't know; it sure looked that way.


"I don't think two turns will be an issue with her," he said of Stopchargingmaria, the 8-5 favorite in the Demoiselle.


Pletcher being Pletcher - a five-time Eclipse Award winner and top ranked in the country this year by earnings - doesn't come to the race with just one shot.


He also plans to run Got Lucky, a daughter of A.P. Indy who finished second in her debut October 27 at Belmont Park, and Lexi Morgan, a three-time starter who broke her maiden in her most recent effort on November 8 at Aqueduct.


On running the maiden Got Lucky, 5-2 on the morning line, Pletcher said, "Basically [we're running] because of her pedigree and the way she's trained. She ran well first time out. It's an opportunity for the filly to get some black type."


Lexi Morgan was assigned odds of 12-1 for the race.


Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin counters with Penwith, 3-1, owned and bred by Darley, who followed a nondescript sixth-place finish in her debut with a sharp score at a mile October 27 at Belmont Park.


By Bernardini, Penwith is out of the multiple Grade 1 stakes winner Composure, who has produced two six-figure winners as a broodmare, including Centring, the 5-2 morning-line favorite for the Grade 2 Go for Wand Handicap on Friday at Aqueduct.


"It was only her second start, and she ran very well," McLaughlin said of the maiden victory. "It's a big step up from breaking her maiden to graded stakes, two turns. She does everything right, trains well and ran huge last time, so she'll be forwardly placed and we'll hope for the best."


Sharp maiden winner America, 5-1, a daughter of A.P. Indy trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott for celebrity chef Bobby Flay, and state-bred maiden winner Mlle. Minuit, 20-1, complete the field.



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