Senada, Cheetah Meet Again in La Prevoyante

Lael Stable’s 4-year-old filly Senada posted a hard-fought 17-to-1 upset victory last out in the Dowager Stakes at Keeneland on Oct. 23 for trainer Barclay Tagg with Robert Scarborough’s 4-year-old English-bred filly Cheetah third as the favorite for trainer Christophe Clement, and they will clash again Friday in the $100,000 La Prevoyante Handicap (G3) at Calder Casino & Race Course.


The 40th edition of the La Prevoyante is run over the same 12-furlong distance on turf as the Dowager with a wide-open field of 11 fillies and mares drawn for the race that will share top billing on Calder’s closing day program with the $100,000 Tropical Turf Handicap (G3) for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles on turf.


Jockey Edgar Prado gets a return call on Senada as the $800,000 Keeneland September yearling purchase by Pulpit bids for a first Graded stakes victory. Senada finished second in an overnight stakes and third in the Glens Falls Stakes (G3) at Saratoga prior to the Dowager, both races won by Augustin Stable’s Emerald Beech, who also will line-up for the La Prevoyante.


Jockey Rajiv Maragh picks up the mount on Cheetah for Clement, who has won the La Prevoyante four times previously, twice with Coretta. A roan/gray daughter of Tiger Hill, Cheetah was a ‘Listed’ stakes winner racing 12 furlongs on Polytrack in England last year and won the Robert G. Dick Memorial (G3) at Delaware Park in July going 11 furlongs on turf.


Emerald Beech will be ridden by Alex Solis and bids to bounce back from a fifth-place finished last out in the 12-furlong Long Island Handicap (G3) at Aqueduct on Nov. 12 with some trouble in the race. The 5-year-old homebred by Maria’s Mon ran evenly to finish fourth behind Stacelita in the Flower Bowl Invitational (G1) at Belmont Park on Oct. 1 after the Glens Falls victory.


An intriguing prospect in the field is Green Hills Farm’s 5-year-old Chilean-bred Casablanca Smile with Javier Castellano named to ride for trainer Shug McGaughey. The daughter of Ocean Terrace hasn’t run since finishing second behind Changing Skies in this race on Jan. 2 early this year after romping home a seven-length winner of Keeneland’s Dowager Stakes in the fall of 2010.


Completing the field for the La Prevoyante are Brinkerhill Farm’s Millennia, Jeffrey Sanchez; Glen Hill Farm’s Holidaysatthefarm, Freddie Lenclud; Vann Bran Stable’s Ventania, Jorge Calderon; Edward Seltzer’s Petite Riviere, Daniel Centeno; Charles Fipke’s Thislilsoulofmine, Paco Lopez; Luis Duco Stable’s Coffee Run, Antonio Gallardo; and Teresa and David Palmer’s Tesoro de Amor, Juan Leyva.



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She was such an incredibly impressive two year old. Worthy of the accolade vying with Secretariat for HOY.
Reading this reminded me of one of my favorite racehorses growing up--La Prevoyante. With this talk of whether there could be a 2 yr old HOY, let alone a filly--let's remember her as the vote was split in 1972 with Secretariat getting the votes of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations of North America and the Daily Racing Form, while La Prevoyante was chosen by the National Turf Writers Association. Of course Big Red edged her out in the final voting. She was not in the wiki--strange that her race is but not her. I added her but cannot find her racing record to complete. Hopefully someone can add her races--La Prevoyante, a U.S. Champion 2-Yr-Old Filly (1972) Canadian Horse of the Year (1972) Canadian Champion Older Female Horse (1974) and Canadian/American Hall Of Famer. One of the all-time great racing mares, who unfortunately had a very tragic ending to her life. Read her bio if you don't remember her.

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