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Las Vegas, NV - The Grade 2 Presque Isle Downs Masters Stakes is on tap for this Saturday, September 8 from Presque Isle Downs. Fillies and mares three years old and upward will race 6 1/2 furlongs on Presque Isle Downs' all weather track in search of their share of the $400,000 purse.
A large field of 12 females has been entered for the Masters Stakes. It goes as race 6 on the Presque Isle Downs' Saturday card with a post time of 7:30 PM. Here is a look at the 12 entries and their performances ahead of this Grade 2 race.
Groupie Doll - has been one of the best female sprinters around this year placing in all five of her starts in 2012. She has won two straight heading into the Masters Stakes including a 7 1/4 length win in the Grade 1 Humana Distaff in record time last time out and the Grade 1 Vinery Madison Stakes at Keeneland before that. Prior to that was a pair of thirds - the Grade 2 Inside Information and the Grade 3 Sabin Stakes. Groupie Doll is definitely the horse to beat on Saturday.
Salty Strike - rides a three race win streak into the Masters Stakes. She won the Grade 3 Gardenia Stakes last time out at Ellis Park and beat out Sassy Image to win the Roxelana Stakes by 3 1/2 lengths to follow a win in the Prairie Rose Stakes in May. The other two starts of 2012 were disappointments - a seventh in the Grade 1 Humana and a fourth in the Carousel Stakes. Salty Strike will be looking for her first graded stakes score since the Grade 3 Dogwood in June of last year. Based on her recent performances Salty Strike has to be considered this Saturday.
Kitty in a Tizzy - had failed to place in each of her last five starts dating back to September 2010 before a win last time out in the Grade 3 Chicago Handicap at Arlington Park on June 30. Before that was a fourth place finish in the Grade 3 Whimsical Stakes on April 22 and a sixth in the 2011 version of this race. Kitty in a Tizzy has just three wins, two seconds and a third place finish in 16 career starts but is an interesting prospect based on her win last time out.
Ariana D - will be looking for her first graded stakes win but has finished third in five of her last six starts - the best results coming in the Grade 1 Vinery Madison at Keeneland in April and at the Arlington Matron Stakes in May. She also had a third in the Grade 3 Chicago Handicap on June 30 at Arlington Park and a third in the Grade 3 Ontario Matron Stakes at Woodbine on July 22. She will be looking to better a second place finish in this race last year.
Holiday for Kitten - has only one start this year - a second in the Shakespeare Caress Stakes at Saratoga after finishing 2011 with an Allowance score at Gulfstream. She did win the Grade 2 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes in October for her most impressive result in a while but followed that with a ninth in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint.
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Atlantic Hurricane - is a Canadian champion female sprinter and is on a streak of seven wins and two third place finishes in her last 10 starts - the last victory coming in an Allowance over Jenny's So Great on July 6. Among the wins are the Grade 3 Bessarabian Stakes and the Ontario Fashion Stakes. Two races ago Atlantic Hurricane ran third in the Grade 3 Whimsical Stakes here on April 22 - that race after a five month layoff. She is coming off a decent second in the Grade 3 Royal North Stakes and could contend on Saturday.
Sweet Cassiopeia - started 2012 with a fifth in the Grade 3 Whimsical Stakes and followed that with a third in the Grade 3 Hendrie and another third in an Allowance Optional Claiming. She has raced two minor stakes races lately finishing second in the Satin and Lace Stakes here on June 19 and winning the West Virginia Secretary of State Stakes last time out on August 4.
It's Me Mom - won the Satin and Lace stakes against many of her Masters opponents but followed that with a seventh last time out in the Grade 2 Honorable Miss Handicap at Saratoga on August 3. She has three wins and a second in six starts this year and is a multiple stakes winner.
Interrogate - will make her graded stakes debut on Saturday after three wins and a second in Allowance races on this track in her last four starts.
Holy Heavens - has a couple of Allowance scores this year but has mixed results in a trio of minor stakes races in her last three starts. Last time out was a fifth in the West Virginia Secretary of State Stakes to follow a third in the Windward Stakes here and an eighth in the Satin and lace Stakes also on this track.
Bouquet Booth - has placed in two of five starts in 2012 including a win in an Allowance Optional Claiming at Churchill Downs on May 24. Last time out was a fifth in the Grade 1 Princess Rooney Handicap at Calder on July 7.
Sally Sally - will make her graded stakes debut on Saturday having placed in two of her four starts in 2012. She won an Allowance on May 30 but followed that with a sixth in the Satin and Lace Stakes here on June 19. Last time out was a second in an Allowance here on August 16.
Race 6 on Presque Isle Downs's Saturday card with a Post Time of 7:30 PM.
|1||Sweet Cassiopeia||D. Centeno||W. Connelly|
|2||Atlantic Hurricane||E. Ramsammy||S. Simon|
|3||Interrogate||D. Lopez||M. Ferraro|
|4||Holy Heavens||M. Pino||J. Martin|
|5||Bouquet Booth||S. Spieth||S. Margolis|
|6||Holiday for Kitten||E. Trujillo||W. Ward|
|7||Groupie Doll||R. Maragh||W. Bradley|
|8||Sally Sally||R. Feliciano||R. Walsh|
|9||Kitty in a Tizzy||J. Leparoux||H. Bond|
|10||It's Me Mom||W. Martinez||L. Scace|
|11||Ariana D||O. Moreno||L. Silvera|
|12||Salty Strike||P. Morales||K. McPeek|