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Wide Open Suwannee River

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Photo: MEC
Charles Fipke’s 4-year-old filly Lady Shakespeare and Augustin Stable’s 6-year-old mare Long Approach are among the most accomplished turf stakes performers and the likely favorites in the full field of 12 fillies and mares entered in the $125,000 Suwannee River Stakes (G3) to be run at 1 1/8 miles on turf.

Jockey John R. Velazquez rides Lady Shakespeare for trainer Roger Attfield as the full-sister to major turf stakes star Shakespeare comes back from a very good performance rallying for second (dead-heat) in the Marshua’s River Stakes over the course on Jan. 16, beaten a head by the winner. She has won four of eight starts on turf.

Jockey Kent Desormeaux will be atop Long Approach for trainer Jonathan Sheppard as she makes her first start since finishing fourth in the Cardinal Handicap (G3) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 21, her first start since finishing second to Criticism in the La Prevoyante Handicap (G2) at Calder in late April.

A homebred daughter of Broad Brush out of grade 2 winner Last Approach, Long Approach ran a good race to finish fourth in the Suwannee River last year, beaten 1 ½ lengths with trouble in the race and fourth in The Very One Stakes (G3) at 1 3/8 miles also won by Criticism.

Completing the field for Saturday’s renewal of the Suwannee River are June Judd’s Aaroness, Haras du Mezeray’s Astrologie, Andrew and Steve Cohen’s Crawford County, Mrs. Paul Shanahan’s Good Time Sally, Chiefswood Stable’s Indigo North, J.H. Richmond –Watson’s Tottie, Charles Lo’s In My Glory and Jerry Jamgotchian’s pair of Lemonette and Sweet and Flawless.

Lael Stable’s Miss Match is listed ‘also-eligible to run ‘main track only’ by her connections.


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