Strong core shapes up for Parx Racing's Cotillion Stakes

By Anthony Affrunti/Parx Racing
September 10, 2019 01:26pm

The Grade 1, $1 million Cotillion Stakes for 3-year-old fillies has drawn 14 nominations eligible for a start in the 51st running of the race, a co-feature along with the Pennsylvania Derby (G1), September 21 at Parx. The Cotillion is part of the Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" Series, offering a bid to the Distaff, and will be shown nationally for the first time as part of NBC's coverage beginning at 5 p.m. ET.

Among the expected contenders are last year's Eclipse Award-winning 2-year-old filly Jaywalk, who will make the second start over the track she calls home since breaking her maiden by 7 1/2 lengths over the mud at Parx in July in her second start. This season, Jaywalk rebounded from a series of defeats with a nine length score in the Delaware Oaks (G3) at Delaware Park before her game second to Horologist in the Monmouth Oaks (G3) at Monmouth Park on August 17. Jaywalk, with earnings of $1,653,500 through 10 career starts would give trainer John Servis his second Cotillion victory since Jostle in 2000.

Three Chimneys Farm plans to send their undefeated filly Guarana, who would make just her fourth career start in the Cotillion. The Chad Brown-trained filly by Ghostzapper beat nine others at first asking while sprinting over a sloppy track at Keeneland. Her 14 3/4-length margin of victory sent her to a start in the Acorn (G1) on the Belmont Stakes day undercard, when she scored by six lengths. The Kentucky-bred then tried two turns in Saratoga’s Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) and wired the field of five by a length.

Kaleem Shah's Bellafina began her 3-year-old campaign already a multiple Grade 1 winner, and kicked off her sophomore season by rattling off three straight victories for trainer Simon Callaghan, beginning with an 8 1/2-length score in the Santa Ynez (G2) at Santa Anita. She then captured the Las Virgines (G2) and the Santa Anita Oaks (G1) before tiring to fifth in the Kentucky Oaks. The Quality Road filly returned three months later in Saratoga’s Test (G1), running third behind Covfefe and Serengeti Empress.

The John Politi-owned Serengeti Empress is set to bring her competitive speed with her to the Cotillion for trainer Tom Amoss. The filly by Alternation began the year with a front-running score in Fair Grounds’ Rachel Alexandra (G2) but then stopped suddenly when bleeding in the Fair Grounds Oaks (G2). She recovered, then never looked back in the Kentucky Oaks.

Street Band will make her third attempt at winning a Grade 1 race for trainer Larry Jones after finishing third in the Alabama (G1) at Saratoga on August 17. The filly by Istan, part-owned by Jones, his wife Cindy, Ray Francis, Medallion Racing and MyRaceHorse Stable, finished seventh in the Kentucky Oaks, but bookended that race with victories in the Fair Grounds Oaks and Indiana Oaks (G3), respectively.

Others nominated to the Cotillion are: Afleet Destiny, Arrifana, Collegeville, Dunbar Road, Fashion Faux Pas, Horologist, Jeltrin, She Makes Me Smile and Sweet Sami D.


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