Breathoffreshheir Heads Dearly Precious

Breathoffreshheir will attempt to earn her third straight stakes victory when she faces five other 3-year-old fillies in Saturday’s six-furlong, $65,000 Dearly Precious at Aqueduct Racetrack.


Wearing blinkers for the first time when competing against statebreds in the Jersey Juvenile at Monmouth Park on November 13, Breathoffreshheir showed strong early speed and shook clear in the stretch to close out her juvenile season with a two-length triumph. The daughter of Wildcat Heir was just as sharp in her 2011 debut, dueling for the lead and needing only intermittent late urging to take the Ruthless by 3 ¾ lengths at Aqueduct on January 2.


“A couple of times in her early races she started switching her leads and running a little bit green,” said trainer Ben Perkins, Jr. “It looks like the blinkers haven’t hurt, and she won with something in reserve last time.”


Breathoffreshheir has posted only one official workout since her Ruthless victory, but Perkins is confident she’ll be ready for Saturday’s race.


“We’ve galloped a couple of times nearly at work speed, and we’re thinking about blowing her out tomorrow,” said Perkins.


Breathoffreshheir, the 9-5 morning-line favorite, will leave from the rail under Carlos Marquez.


Coax Liberty is another Dearly Precious entrant who appears to have improved with the addition of blinkers, having finished sixth in the Grade 1 Frizette at Belmont Park on October 9, first in a Parx Racing allowance on November 12, and second to Alexandra Rylee in the Brandywine at Parx on December 21 following the equipment change. Previously, she was third in the Grade 2 Adirondack in August and fourth in the Grade 1 Spinaway in September at Saratoga Race Course.


“If you go back to the Adirondack, she kind of ran in spots,” said James Lawrence, who trains Coax Liberty for owner Copper Penny Stables. “In the Spinaway, she had some mucus, so we took a shot in the Frizette, but unfortunately she got bumped and was put on the lead, which is not where we wanted her to be.


“Alexandra Rylee had a beautiful trip in the Brandywine, while our filly raced wide and took a little dirt. We backed off on her training after that race, but she dropped her head and put in a good work [four furlongs in a bullet 47 2/5 at Fair Hill on February 7] earlier this week.”


David Cohen will ride Coax Liberty, 4-1 on the morning line, from post position 3.


Jeffrey Nielsen’s Full Moon Blues, winner of the Grade 3 Tempted on Aqueduct’s main track on November 6, will attempt to rebound off a disappointing fourth in the Grade 2 Demoiselle at the Big A on November 27.


“She got jostled around in the Demoiselle, and we probably brought her back too soon after her big effort in the Tempted,” said trainer Timothy Tullock, Jr. “She has been training well since that race, and I think she’s effective anywhere from six furlongs to a mile.”


Malcolm Franklin will come in to ride Full Moon Blues, who drew post 5 and was installed at 8-1 on the morning line.


Wild About Sonny seeks her third victory in as many starts, having returned from a maiden victory at Monmouth Park in June to take a Gulfstream Park allowance by a half-length on January 13. Following her most recent start, Wild About Sonny was shipped from Palm Meadows to Belmont Park, where on February 5 she turned in a 48.51 four-furlong breeze, the second quickest of 70 moves at the distance on the training track.


Wild About Sonny, the 2-1 morning-line second choice, drew post 4 and will be ridden by Junior Alvarado.


Overseas Market, promoted to first in a Saratoga maiden special weight on September 3, will make her first start since finishing a troubled third in the restricted NATC Futurity at Monmouth on September 26. Trained by Rick Violette, Jr. for Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence, Overseas Market will leave from post 6 under Eurico Rosa da Silva at 5-1 on the morning line.


Kela’s Pride, shipping in from Charles Town off a 5 ¼-length debut score on December 30, completes the field.


The field for the $65,000 Dearly Precious:








Breathoffreshheir (NJ)

C H Marquez, Jr.


B W Perkins, Jr.



Kela's Pride (PA)

M J Luzzi


O L Figgins, III



Coax Liberty (KY)

D Cohen


J L Lawrence, II



Wild About Sonny (KY)

J Alvarado


K J Breen



Full Moon Blues (KY)

M Franklin


T J Tullock, Jr.



Overseas Market (KY)

E R Da Silva


R A Violette, Jr.





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