signaled her readiness for Saturday’s Grade 1, $300,000 Prioress with a
47.53 four-furlong breeze on the main track Monday morning.
“She did about as good as you can hope,” said her Hall of
Fame trainer, Allen Jerkens. “She felt pretty good. I don’t think the
track is lightning fast. Anyway, that’s it. We wanted her to work
Owned by Brenda Mercer and Peter Berglar, Emma’s Encore enters
the Prioress, a six-furlong race for 3-year-old fillies, off a 39-1 upset in Belmont Park’s Grade 3 Victory Ride on
July 7, her first win in a graded stakes. Jamaican Smoke, Tu Endie Wei, and
Agave Kiss, respectively second, third, and fifth in the Victory Ride, are
expected to face Emma’s Encore again in the Prioress.
“[Emma’s Encore will] have to do even better if she’s
going to get this one,” said Jerkens. “If she runs in this one, we
won’t run in the Test [Grade 1, August 25]. You never know how the track
is going to play, if it’s going to be playing speed. That’s why
they don’t win them all, but you got to take a chance. If she could do
it, it’d be some feather in her cap, a Grade 1.”
Jerkens won the Prioress, previously contested at Belmont, in 1993 with Classy Mirage and in
2003 with House Party.