Outstanding Cast Gathers for Grade 1 Diana
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Fri 24/07/2015 - 23:53 EDT
My Miss Sophia (5/2) tried the turf for the first time June 5 at Belmont versus allowance foes and responded in a big way with a resounding 4-length win. Prior to that effort, the talented filly ran a dull fifth in the Grade 1 La Troienne on dirt at Churchill Downs, but may have simply needed the race after spending nine months away from racing. The four year-old daughter of Unbridled’s Song demonstrated major ability as a three year-old, running second in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks behind eventual Female Horse of the Year, Untapable. My Miss Sophia also won the Grade 2 Gazelle in 2014. Joel Rosario will retain the mount breaking from post 6.
Tepin goes for fourth straight
Tepin (3/1) has been a front-running force in her last three starts, including wins in the Grade 2 Churchill Distaff Stakes and Grade 1 Just a Game Stakes. The Mark Casse-trained filly is in career-best form as she looks to record her fourth straight win. With career earnings of $955,973, Tepin will surpass the million-dollar earnings mark with a top-four finish.
Classy filly always in the hunt
It’s always hard to discount Stephanie’s Kitten (7/2), who has enjoyed a stellar career with 9 wins in 21 starts, including 8 at the graded stakes level. The Chad Brown trainee should be sharper after finishing fourth in the Grade 2 New York Stakes June 5 following a three-month break from racing.
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.