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.
Photo: NYRA / Adam Mooshian
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.
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.
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."