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Breeders' Cup 2017

McLaughlin Runs Two in Dearly Precious

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin
Although better known for his success at the top tier of racing with Grade 1 winners such as Alpha, It’s Tricky, Questing and Emcee, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin has long maintained a strong presence during the winter at Aqueduct Racetrack. McLaughlin-trained runners have won more than a dozen inner-track stakes over the past few years, including the 2012 Count Fleet and Withers with Alpha, the 2012 Top Flight with It’s Tricky and the 2012 Evening Attire with Redding Colliery.

 

Saturday, the trainer tries for his first stakes win of the 2012-13 inner track meet as he sends out Elghayoor and Railtown Girl to face a trio of other 3-year-old fillies in the $75,000 Dearly Precious.

 

Still a maiden, Shadwell Stable’s homebred Elghayoor has run well in both her starts, finishing second by two lengths to Ruthless runner-up Kiss the Lady first time out and then second, beaten three-quarters of a length, to the subsequently stakes-placed Dear To All.

 

“Right now, it seems like good timing to go ahead and try,” said McLaughlin’s assistamt, Art Magnuson, of the Ghostzapper filly. “We think she can win, otherwise we wouldn’t run.”

 

Elghayoor, first-time Lasix, drew post position 3 with Eddie Castro aboard as the 9-5 morning-line favorite for the six-furlong Dearly Precious.

 

Railtown Girl, who carries the colors of Cam Allard, travelled to Delaware Park in December for her first start, where she proved to be an easy 2 ½-length winner of a 5 ½-furlong maiden race. Returning to New York, the Candy Ride filly stepped right into stakes company and finished third behind the well-regarded Lady Banks in the $75,000 Ruthless on January 12.

 

“She’s improving leaps and bounds all the time,” said Magnuson of Railtown Girl, a $230,000 purchase as a 2-year-old. “She trained OK in the mornings at Saratoga, just OK, and Mr. Allard is great about trying what we need to try. We had other maidens, so we sent her out of town for the softer spot, and she ran very well. We took a shot in the Ruthless, and she stepped up. Hopefully she’ll step up again.”

 

Junior Alvarado will ride Railtown Girl, 5-1 on the morning line, from post position 4.

 

 

Kiss the Lady will be making her third straight stakes appearance for trainer Rudy Rodriguez, having faded to finish sixth after setting the early pace in the one-mile, 70-yard Busanda on January 5 prior to her runner-up finish in the Ruthless. The bay daughter of Quiet American, 1-1-0 from four starts, broke her maiden at second asking on November 11 over the Big A’s main track.

 

Jose Ortiz will be in the irons as Kiss the Lady leaves from post position 2 at 5-2 on the morning line.

 

Rounding out the field are Cubicle Queen, the 2-1 second choice on the morning line off her front-running maiden victory on January 5, and recent maiden winner Maggiesfreuddnslip, who scored by 6 ¼ lengths on January 19.

 

 

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