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Breeders' Cup 2017

Assateague steps up, ships in for Miesque

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An easy maiden winner over a yielding grass course at Keeneland Oct. 26, Assateague will step into stakes company in the Miesque.

 

Scheduled for one mile, the Miesque attracted seven other 2-year-old fillies.

 

Trained by Michael Matz for owner-breeders Helen Alexander, Dorothy Matz and Helen Groves, Assateague has a win in three races and a bankroll of $41,200. Assateague is a daughter of Stormy Atlantic and the Dixieland Band mare Amelia.

 

Shippers have been dominant in recent years in the Miesque, including wins by The Mallet (2009), Habaya (2008), Sea Chanter (2007), Valbenny (2006) and Louvain and Paddy’s Daisy (2004).

 

More Than Love is another arrival from a different circuit. The More Than Ready filly out of the Zafonic mare I’m in Love is 1-for-2 for Newton Anner Stud and trainer John Terranova II. An earner of $33,150, More Than Love comes off a one length maiden victory Oct. 9 at Belmont Park.

 

An Irish bred daughter of Trans Island and the Shareef Dancer mare Athlumney Dancer, Island Paradise will be making her grass debut in the Miesque. Trained by Charles Hills for Harlequin Ranches, Island Paradise is 1-for-2 over synthetic surfaces in England. She’s earned $9,849.

 

Starship Flare arrives from Florida after finishing sixth of 10 in her first start on turf in a starter allowance Oct. 24.

 

Owned by Juliana Kretz and now trained by Kristin Mulhall after a private purchase, the Stevie Wonderboy filly out of the Crafty Prospector mare Go to the Ink has won two of four. Her bankroll is $26,565.

 

A distant third in the California Cup Juvenile Fillies Oct. 29 at Santa Anita, Raesunbridledfaith will be making her first appearance on turf. Trained by Craig Lewis for a partnership that includes Six-S Racing Stable and Patsy Jarvis, the After Market filly out of the Unbridled mare Unbridled Hope has won two of six and banked $58,978. Her sire knocked off Lava Man in the Grade I Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap in 2007.

 

Your Special Day stretches out over a new surface after going 2-for-2 on the Santa Anita main track last month. The daughter of Kafwain and the General Meeting mare Young Ladies Day has earned $29,400 for trainer Jim Cassidy, who also owns her in partnership.

 

Regal Betty enters off a fifth-place finish in the Sharp Cat Stakes Nov. 13.

 

Trained by John Sadler for owner Michael Talia, the daughter of Congrats and the Sultry Song mare Singsingasong has one win in four races. She has earned $40,150.

 

Sadler also entered Katie’s Ten, a Rock Hard Ten filly out of the Halling mare Hawayji who has one win in two starts. She’s banked $27,000 for owners Ike and Dawn Thrash.

 

From the inside out, the field for the Miesque Stakes: Island Paradise, Joel Rosario rides, 116 pounds; Your Special Day, Mike Smith, 116; Starship Flare, Victor Espinoza, 116; Regal Betty, Joe Talamo, 118; Katie’s Ten, Alonso Quinonez, 114; Assateague, Julien Leparoux, 116; More Than Love, Ramon Dominguez, 118 and Raesunbridledfaith, Martin Garcia, 116.

 

 

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