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Stacelita Completes Flower Bowl Preparations

Stacelita (no. 1), ridden by Ramon Dominguez and trained by Chad Brown, wins the 22nd running of the grade 1 Beverly D. Stakes for fillies and mares three years old and upward on August 13, 2011 at Arlington Park in Arlington Heights, Illinois. (Bob Mayberger/Eclipse Sportswire)

With Ramon Dominguez aboard, Martin Schwartz’s Stacelita completed major preparations for Saturday’s Grade 1, $500,000 Flower Bowl Invitational with a 1:02.94 five-furlong breeze over soft turf Sunday morning.


“We’re very happy,” said trainer Chad Brown. “We’re on target for the Flower Bowl. Ramon is happy, so I’m happy.”


The Flower Bowl will be third start in the United States for Stacelita, a four-time Group 1 winner in her native France. In two stateside starts, she finished third against males for trainer Jean-Claude Rouget in the Grade 1 United Nations in July at Monmouth and won the Grade 1 Beverly D. in August at Arlington Park.


Should the 5-year-old mare perform well in the Flower Bowl, her next objective will be the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf on November 4 at Churchill Downs.


“We’ll take it one race at a time, but when Mr. Schwartz hired me he had three specific races in mind,” said Brown. “We won the first one, so we have two more to go.”


Brown said both Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Big Blue Kitten and Gary and Mary West’s Casino Host are under consideration for the Grade 1 Jamaica, a 1 1/8-mile turf race to be held at Belmont October 8. On Sunday, Big Blue Kitten, last seen winning the Grade 2 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame on August 12 at Saratoga Race Course, breezed five furlongs on turf at Saratoga in 1:02.40, while Casino Host, exiting a fifth in the Grade 1 Secretariat on August 13 at Arlington, went four furlongs on Belmont’s training track in 48.23.


Also on Sunday’s Saratoga worktab was Dell Ridge Farm’s Fantastic Song, who turned in a 1:01.40 five-furlong breeze on the turf. Brown said the 2-year-old was “doing great” and confirmed his status as a contender for next Sunday’s Grade 3 Pilgrim at 1 1/16 miles on the grass.


Brown has yet to make a decision on the next start for Schwartz’s Grade 1 Diana winner Zagora, who last Sunday was seventh as the favorite in the Grade 2 Canadian at Woodbine.


“[Javier Castellano] just felt she didn’t handle a one-turn race,” said Brown. “He just never felt comfortable under her. We’ll just kind of regroup with her and draw a line through it. It’s fairly uncharacteristic of her to run that way.”


One race under consideration for Zagora is the Grade 1 Spinster on October 9 at Keeneland.


“It’s back in 22 days; I just don’t feel she ran much in the last race,” said Brown. “I want to take a look at it, and if I don’t do that I may just regroup and focus on next year with her. I think she’ll have a big year next year. We’ll see how she’s doing all week and see where her energy level is at.”




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@medlocke- I totally agree with you on Stacelita. Very classy.
I applaud the switch in jockey's from Joe Bravo to Ramon Dominguez for Stacelita last time when she won the G1 Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington in convincing fashion. I really believe if Stacelita would've had the services of Ramon Dominguez at Monmouth for the G1 United Nations that Stacelita would've beaten Teaks North in that race, too. She got a horrible ride from Joe Bravo in that race. If Stacelita rolls through the Flower Bowl Stakes as impressively as she did the Beverly D.? You better watch out for this mare in this year's BC F&M Turf. Because she'll take a ton of beating, IMO.

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