Weekend Watch: Ami's Mesa returns in Presque Isle Masters

Weekend Watch: Ami's Mesa returns in Presque Isle Masters
Photo: Michael Burns Photography

Each weekend, Horse Racing Nation previews the top races to tune into coast to coast and runs down the main contenders. Post times are all in Eastern Time. This edition covers Sunday’s and Monday’s races.


Covfefe debuts at Churchill Downs

This horse may represent more than a comedic name, as a play on a typo of a tweet sent by President Donald Trump. We're hearing she could also be Brad Cox's big filly of this current 2-year-old crop. The $250,000 LNJ Foxwoods purchase goes postward for the first time Sunday at Churchill Downs, where she's the 5-2 morning line favorite facing 10 rivals in Race 7. Post time is 3:48 p.m. ET. Cox, who also trains Monomoy Girl, the Kentucky Oaks winner, has breezed the daughter of Into Mischief three times from the gate. The big question: How will Churchill track announcer Travis Stone pronounce Covfefe?

La Pelosa versus My Gal Betty in the Natalma

Woodbine's Grade 1 Natalma Stakes, a one-mile turf race at Woodbine for 2-year old fillies, drew a full field of fourteen led by group three placed La Pelosa and My Gal Betty. La Pelosa was second in both the Albany (G3) at Ascot and the Sweet Solera (G3) at Newmarket and will be making her North American debut. Meanwhile My Gal Betty has raced exclusively at Woodbine, and while she has crossed the line first in each start, she was disqualified to third in the My Dear Stakes in July. Also being given solid shots despite the stretch out in distance for most is stakes winner Stillwater Cove, stakes placed Mintd (IRE), and impressive maiden winner Artilena. The winner will also receive a fees paid berth to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. Post time is 4:26 p.m.

Fog of War tops Summer Stakes

Chad Brown-trained Fog of War is the 5-2 favorite to annex the Grade 1 Summer Stakes, a one mile turf race for 2-year olds also at Woodbine, off a nice closing debut victory at Saratoga in August. The War Front colt will break from post three, and right to his inside is speedy second choice Avie’s Flatter, another debut winner. Tricky Magician has not yet found the winner’s circle in three career starts, but the son of Magician has been competitive in each race and has never been worse than third. The field also includes other stakes winners and will go to post at 5:30 p.m. The winner will receive a fees paid berth to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf.


Masters draws overflow field

The Grade 2 Presque Isle Downs Masters Stakes attracted a full field and then some despite its place on a Monday card. Hotshot Anna enters on a three race win streak and will break from post nine as your likely favorite. Last year’s Masters winner, Ami’s Mesa, will attempt to defend her title but has just one start this year after a heartbreaking loss in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint. Back in April, Ami’s Mesa was a late gaining, close up sixth in the Madison (G1). Allowance winner Browse will make her first start on an all-weather surface while Seaway (G3) winner Code Warrior will ship in from Woodbine. Post time is 7:40 p.m.

Meet Ashley Tamulonis

Despite growing up in a non-horse racing state, Ashley has been a fan of the sport since a young age. Her love for horse racing was fostered through the kids’ book series Thoroughbred by Joanna Campbell, which led her to educate herself on the ins and outs of the sport. Since becoming actively involved in the industry just a few years ago, Ashley has had the opportunity to meet many important players in the industry, attend the Eclipse Awards, see personal favorite Mucho Macho Man race twice in person, and befriend many of the fantastic fans and horsemen involved in the sport.

Ashley began her time with Horse Racing Nation covering racing in South Florida but also blogged about nationwide racing, industry issues and, from time to time, offered her opinion on how various changes could be beneficial to the industry. A move North to New Hampshire began both a new chapter in both Ashley's personal life and professional life. She currently pens the From Coast to Coast blog for HRN. Ashley also participates as a voter in the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Polls.

An alumni of Macon State College, Ashley is from Central Georgia but is currently living in New Hampshire with her husband, Chris, and their two sons Charlie and Michael. A stay-at-home mom, Ashley juggles parenting with blogging and her other passions. Aside from horse racing, Ashley is a fervent football fan, enjoys reading and studying history, and hopes to someday author a historical work covering the Tudor period as well as biographies of horse racing’s stars, equine and human alike.

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