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Stopchargingmaria Targets Alabama

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Photo: NYRA / Adam Mooshian
Stopchargingmaria became a Grade 1 winner for trainer Todd Pletcher and owner Mike Repole with a dominant five-length score in the Coaching Club American Oaks on Sunday at Saratoga Race Course. She will now target the Grade 1, $600,000 Alabama on August 16.

 

The Pletcher trainee began her year with a pair of disappointing performances, a fifth-place finish in the Grade 2 Davona Dale at Gulfstream Park and a fourth-place finish in the Grade 3 Fantasy at Oaklawn Park, but took a noticeable step forward once her home base shifted to Saratoga.

 

"I told [owner] Mike [Repole] that this filly has never trained better than she has here in the last month," said Pletcher. "She seems to really like Saratoga. She has been training much more powerfully than she did this winter, so we expected a big effort from her."

 

The revitalized Stopchargingmaria came out of the race in fine fettle, according to Pletcher.

 

"She came out of the race really well," said Pletcher. "Anytime you win a Grade 1 at Saratoga it's very satisfying. With a filly like that, that had multiple graded stakes wins but not a Grade 1, it was a breakthrough performance to that highest echelon."

 

 

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