Lake Sebago Takes on Six in $100,000 Gin Talking Stakes
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Fri 05/12/2014 - 21:43 EST
On Saturday at Laurel Park, the Maryland track will host the $100,000 Gin Talking Stakes. Restricted to juvenile fillies, the seven-furlong race has drawn a field of seven.
Headlining the field of two-year-olds at morning line odds of 2-1 is Lake Sebago for trainer John Robb. Purchased for $22,000 as a yearling, the bay daughter of Munnings has been first or second in all four of her career starts. After breaking her maiden in her second outing, she was second against optional claiming competition and followed that up with an upset win in the Smart Halo Stakes in November over a field of five rivals. Trevor McCarthy will be aboard from post position six.
Darling Sky going for two wins in a row
Second choice at 5-2 on the morning line is Darling Sky for trainer Robert Reid, Jr. A two-year-old daughter of Sky Mesa, she broke her maiden at first asking at Parx in August. After two unsuccessful efforts against graded stakes competition, she won an allowance race last time out at Parx for her second career win. Joe Rocco, Jr. will be in the irons for the first time and they are scheduled to break from post position four.
Promising Toast of Mayfair taking on winners
Also in the field at morning line odds of 9-2 is Toast of Mayfair who will be saddled by trainer Graham Motion. Bred and owned by My Meadowview Farm, the bay daughter of Speightstown is out of the Grade 1 winning mare Appealing Zophie. She is making her stakes debut after breaking her maiden in her first career start last time out by five-lengths at Laurel. She has been training steadily at Fair Hill since that race and will have Forest Boyce aboard from post two.
The Grade 2 $1.25 million Pennsylvania Derby features the two biggest names from the Triple Crown trail September 24 at Parx as a field of 12 gathers in one of the most intriguing betting races of the year.
The $1 million Cotillion Stakes September 24 at Parx features a true clash of the titans as the six-horse field is headlined by the undefeated, five-time grade 1 winner Songbird who figures to face the most stern challenge of her career.
In a completely wide open renewal of the Presque Isle Mile September 18 at Presque Isle Downs, 13 runners including the also-eligible will contest the eight furlong trip over synthetic footing.
Champion Songbird is set to make her much-anticipated return to the races in the $200,000 Summertime Oaks at Santa Anita on Saturday. The Grade 2 event will be run at a mile and a sixteenth and has attracted a field of seven.