Recepta Looks for First Graded Win in Noble Damsel
September 17, 2015 09:09am
Recepta wins 2015 De La Rose
Photo: Chelsea Durand/NYRA
The Jimmy Toner-trained Recepta looks to notch her first graded stakes victory when she faces a field of eight other fillies and mares in the Grade 3, $200,000 Noble Damsel for turf fillies and mares at Belmont Park on Saturday.

The 4-year-old Speightstown filly enters the one-mile Noble Damsel with two victories in four starts this year. Coming off a nine-month layoff, Recepta garnered a win in her first start of 2015 in an allowance in April at Keeneland, and most recently scored a 2 ½-length win in the Fasig-Tipton De La Rose on August 8 at Saratoga Race Course. In between, she was third in the Grade 3 Beaugay at Belmont Park and fourth in the Grade 3 Eatontown at Monmouth Park.
"I think Recepta's coming into this race very well and very fit," said Toner. "We got a breeze in [last] Saturday on the turf [at Belmont] and she went 5/8ths in 1:04:04. It was a little slower than I wanted but the turf was a little on the deep side. It suited her though, just something for maintenance, and not to press any buttons."

Recepta, 5-1 on the morning line, will have a new rider in jockey Elvis Trujillo. The pair will leave from post position 5.
From the barn of Brian Lynch is Coffee Clique who comes into the race off a disappointing fifth-place finish in the Grade 2 Ballston Spa on August 29 at Saratoga Race Course where she launched a bid at the three-eighths pole but failed to sustain her rally finishing 1 3/4 lengths behind the eventual winner, Dacita.
Favored at 2-1 on the morning line, Manny Franco reunites with Coffee Clique as the pair breaks from the rail.
The Noble Damsel, run on the Widener course, also attracted the Irish-bred Marbre Rose for trainer Christophe Clement, who will try for back-to-back victories, having won the 2014 edition with Annecdote.
The daughter of Speightstown stretches back out to a mile after winning the Grade 3, seven-furlong Seaway on August 8 at Woodbine. Previously she was second to Daring Kathy by a nose in the one-mile Perfect Sting on July 3 at Belmont Park.
"She's a good filly, always tries very hard," said Clement. "She has had a pair of second place finishes [in the Intercontinental Stakes and the Perfect Sting at Belmont on June 4 and July 3 respectively] and recently a win in the [G3] Seaway. She looks good and she's doing very well."
Breaking from post 2, Marbre Rose will be ridden by Jose Lezcano. She is 5-1 on the morning line.  

Crowley's Law will be making her first North American start in the Noble Damsel, having compiled a record of 3-5-2 from 14 starts in Europe, including a second-place effort in the one-mile Heinz Ramm-Stiftung Stakes at Cologne Race Course in Germany on August 8.
Crowley's Law will come from post position 7 with Colm O'Donoghue aboard at odds of 6-1.
Rounding out the field are: Baffle Me for trainer Mark Hennig, sixth in the Grade 3 Matchmaker Stakes on August 2 at Monmouth Park; Devilish Love, third in the Mrs. Penny Stakes at Philadelphia Park on September 5; Lady Lara, most recently sixth in the G1 Diana on July 25 and Tuttipaesi and Miss Frost, who were second and eighth, respectively, in the De La Rose.

Source: NYRA Communications 


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