$100,000 Cicada Stakes Draws Field of Six
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Fri 13/03/2015 - 18:58 EDT
On Sunday at Aqueduct, the featured race is the $100,000 Cicada Stakes. Restricted to three-year-old fillies and scheduled to be run on the inner dirt track, the six-furlong contest has drawn a field of six.
Rick Violette, Jr. will saddle the morning line favorite, Noble and a Beauty, at odds of 2-1. A homebred daughter of Noble Causeway for owners My Meadowview Farm, the chestnut filly broke her maiden in her career debut at Aqueduct in November. Last time out, she finished second and was beaten only a nose in the Ruthless Stakes. Jose Ortiz will be in the irons and they will break from post position four as she goes for her first stakes win.
Hard to Stay Notgo stepping out of state-bred ranks
Second choice at 5-2 on the morning line is Hard to Stay Notgo for trainer James Jerkens. A New York-bred daughter of More Than Ready, she will be making her first start against open company after competing exclusively against state-bred competition. She has been on the board in all four starts and was last seen winning the Franklin Square Stakes in her sophomore debut. Angel Arroyo will be aboard and they will break from the rail.
Overprepared trying to rebound after last race
Also in the field at morning line odds of 8-1 is Overprepared for trainer Todd Pletcher. A bay daughter of Quality Road owned by Repole Stable, she has won two of her four career starts and earned the first stakes victory of her career in January in the Busanda Stakes. Last time out, she finished fifth in the Busher Stakes around two turns and will cut back to a sprint. Kendrick Carmouche will retain the mount and they will break from the outside post.
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