makes her first start since winning the 2010 Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic when she takes on six others in Saturday's Grade 3 Rampart Stakes from Gulfstream Park.
Bill Mott's consistent mare has been part of the exacta in 11 of her 12 lifetime starts and she beat '09 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra at Churchill Downs last April. She won the 2010 renewal of the Rampart and projects a tactical journey under Kent Desormeaux. Awesome Maria
is the now
horse exiting a facile prominent throughout victory in the Grade 3 Sabin but that race was run at a flat mile around one turn. Todd Pletcher's sharp filly gets a distance test in here and the pace should be honest as well. John Velazquez rides. Stephanie Got Even
rates a longshot look for Marty Wolfson. The fleet daughter of Stephen Got Even has done the bulk of her damage sprinting but she owns a route oriented pedigree and has the numbers to compete here.
Persuading goes turf to dirt and looms an insde pace factor at the very least. The field also includes Joanie's Catch, Successful Song, and Dubai Dancer.
The Rampart will be contested at a mile and an eighth and is the 10th race on the April 2 Gulfstream program.