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Will Quantum Miss Win the Prioress?

Putting a three-race win streak on the line, Quantum Miss takes on five other 3-year-old filly sprinters all hoping to create some fireworks in Monday’s 64th running of the Grade 1, $250,000 Prioress, the Independence Day feature at Belmont Park.

 

Trained by Anthony Dutrow, the Smoke Glacken filly launched her victory parade in New York, taking the Grade 3 Cicada at Aqueduct Racetrack on March 19 by a half-length over Coax Liberty, followed by a 1 ½-length win in an overnight stakes at Parx Racing on April 19. Most recently, she was a front-running 12-length winner of the restricted Wonders Delight at Penn National, zipping the six furlongs in 1:08.63 and earning a 104 Beyer speed figure in the process, the fastest at the distance of any 3-year-old filly so far this year.

 

“I can’t see her going into any race better than she went into her last at Penn National,” said Dutrow, who trains Quantum Miss for Daniel Ryan. “I’m very happy with the way she is now. There’s a lot to gain in the Prioress if she’s able to run well. Of course, the quality of the horses she’ll meet here are better than those at Penn National.”

 

Among them is the 5-2 morning line favorite for the six-furlong Prioress, Roman Treasure, who has won three of her five starts. Fourth behind Quantum Miss in the Cicada, the Roman Ruler filly returned from a two-month layoff to win a first-level allowance at Parx on May 15, and a month later turned in what trainer Mike Hushion called a “brilliant” front-running effort to win the Miss Royal overnight stakes at Belmont on June 16, covering the six furlongs in 1:08.99.

 

Ramon Dominguez will ride Roman Treasure, while Jeremy Rose gets the call on Quantum Miss, who drew post position 4 as the co-second choice at 3-1 on the morning line.

 

Also at 3-1 is the Bob Baffert-trained Alienation, who was last seen in New York finishing second to Position Limit in the Grade 2 Adirondack and second to R Heat Lightning in the Grade 1 Spinaway at Saratoga Race Course.

 

The Rock Hard Ten filly closed out her juvenile campaign with a sixth in the Grade 1 Oak Leaf at Hollywood Park, and in her lone start of 2011 was an eye-catching 7 ¾-length allowance winner at Hollywood on June 3 for Baffert, who won the Prioress in 2008 with eventual champion filly sprinter Indian Blessing and in 2004 with Friendly Michelle.

 

“She’s doing great,” said Baffert’s New York assistant, Tonja Terranova, who oversaw Alienation’s 47.18 half-mile work Wednesday morning. “She’s grown a lot since we’ve seen her last summer. And Bob never sends horses here if they’re not ready to run.”

 

John Velazquez will ride the Natalie Baffert color-bearer from post position 5.

 

Turning back from a mile is Bobby Flay’s Her Smile, most recently third to It’s Tricky and Turbulent Descent in the Grade 1 TVG Acorn in her second start for trainer Todd Pletcher; prior to that, the Include filly was 11th in the Grade 1, 1 1/8-mile Kentucky Oaks on May 6 in her first start for her new connections.

 

“She’s doing well,” said assistant trainer Jonathan Thomas. “We had been taking a look at this spot for her.”

 

Javier Castellano rides Her Smile, 10-1 on the morning line, from the rail.

 

Rounding out the field are Pomeroys Pistol, who took the Grade 2 Forward Gal at Gulfstream Park earlier this year and most recently won an overnight stakes at Monmouth Park, and Our Year, winner of an optional claimer at Monmouth Park in her third career start.

 

The field for the Grade 1, $250,000 Prioress:

 PP

Horse

Jockey

Wgt

Trainer

Odds

1

Her Smile (VA)

J Castellano

116

T A Pletcher

10-1

2

Roman Treasure (KY)

R A Dominguez

120

M E Hushion

 5-2

3

Our Year (KY)

E Trujillo

116

T A Hills

 6-1

4

Quantum Miss (PA)

J Rose

118

A W Dutrow

 3-1

5

Alienation (KY)

J R Velazquez

118

B Baffert

 3-1

6

Pomeroys Pistol (FL)

C H Velasquez

120

A Tarrant

 7-2

 

 

 

 

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