Las Vegas, NV - Presque Isle Downs in Erie, Pennsylvania will be the scene of the Grade 2 Presque Isle Downs Masters Stakes this Monday, September 8. Fillies and mares three years old and upward will be featured as they dash 6 1/2 furlongs on the Presque Isle Downs polytrack surface searching for the winner's share of the nice $400,000 purse.
A large field of 12 older females have been confirmed for the Masters - race 6 on Presque Isle Downs's Monday card. Post time is 7:40 PM> Here is a brief glance into the past performances of all 12 entries for the main event in Presque Isle Downs summer meet.
Ageless - Arnaud Delacour trained mare enters this weekend on fire - three straight wins and victories in five of her last six starts overall including her graded stakes debut last time out - the Grade 3 Royal North Stakes at Woodbine July 27. Before that was two minor stakes score - The Very One Stakes at Pimlico in May and the Giant's Causeway Stakes at Keeneland in April. She has 14 career starts with eight wins, two seconds and two third and enters in terrific form. Ageless departs from post 10 with Julien Leparoux aboard the 123 pound highweight as the 5-2 morning line favorite.
Living The Life - Gary Mandella trained Irish bred filly makes her second start in North America - the first being an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Del Mar August 7. This after 19 starts at home yielded five wins, four seconds and two third place finishes. She enters having won three of her last four starts overall including a stakes score at Lingfield in April and is expected to be competitive in her graded stakes debut. Mike Smith has the call aboard the 3-1 second choice from post 7.
Madame Cactus - has three wins and three seconds in eight career starts - by far her best result being a win at 11-1 odds as an Alternate Entry in the Grade 2 Raven Run Stakes at Keeneland October 19. She has just two starts since - a sixth in the Grade 1 La Brea Stakes in December and a decent second in her only start of 2014 - the Grade 3 Rancho Bernardo Handicap at Del Mar August 17. She also had a win in the minor My Trusty Cat Stakes at Delta Downs in October 2012. Madame Cactus has looked good in two of her last three graded stakes starts but will hit the track for just the second time this year. Joe Talamo has been tabbed to ride from gate 8 at 7-2 odds.
Disco Barbie - has placed in 10 of 11 career starts for trainer Dale Capuano - five wins, a second and four third place finishes. She enters off an Allowance score on this track August 18 after a third in her only graded stakes action - the Grade 3 Chicago Handicap in June and two straight Allowance Optional Claiming scores on this track earlier this summer. Disco Barbie has won three straight starts at Presque Isle Downs and looks like an intriguing 4-1 on the morning line. Antonio Gallardo rides from post 5.
My Option - has 14 career starts for trainer Chris Block with five wins, two seconds and four third place finishes but is coming off a career worst performance - a seventh in the Grade 3 Ontario Matron Stakes July 26. She registered four wins and two second place finishes in her first six starts including an impressive win in the Grade 3 Arlington Oaks in July but hadn't tasted victory again since a terrific 6 1/2 length score in the Grade 3 Chicago Handicap June 28. She did have a string of three third place finishes toward the end of 2013 including the Grade 3 Pucker Up Stakes and Grade 2 Raven Run Stakes and ended her 2013 campaign with a fourth in the Grade 2 Falls City Handicap at Churchill Downs in November. My Option has placed in two of four starts this year and has been a tad difficult to figure out. She looks to get a little consistency going when she leaves from the rail at 9-2 odds and as the 123 pound co-highweight.
Northern Passion - four time stakes winner has 17 career starts for trainer Mark Casse with five wins, two seconds and two third place finishes. She enters off a fourth in the Grade 3 Seaway Stakes August 24, an OK third in the Grade 3 Ontario Matron Stakes July 26 and a nice win in the minor Sweet Briar Stakes July 1 - all results at Woodbine. She also had a fifth in the Grade 2 Nassau Stakes on this track and a pair of fifths - an Allowance at Keeneland April 13 and the Grade 2 Dance Smartly Stakes back in July. Northern Passion win the Grade 3 Natalma Stakes in September, 2011 and has since recorded three minor stakes scores but has been inconsistent to say the least. Patrick Husbands gets the call as Northern Passion cuts back in distance from post 4 at 6-1 odds.
Master the Blues - Robert Hess trained mare makes her graded stakes debut Monday having won four of her last five starts including her stakes debut last time out - the minor Daisycutter Handicap at Del Mar August 8. She also won two races on this track in June - an Allowance Optional Claiming and a Claiming. Master the Blues has seven wins, two seconds and three third place finishes in 19 career starts, has won six of her last nine starts overall and looks good ahead of this Monday. Kent Desormeaux has the mount from gate 11 at 8-1 odds.
Youcan'tcatchme - Nick Caruso trained mare looked terrific in 2013 - five starts with three wins and a second place finish including the Grade 3 Seaway Stakes and the Grade 3 Ontario Fashion Stakes - both at Woodbine. However she ended 2013 with a disappointing ninth in the Grade 2 Bessarabian Stakes and has placed in just one of four starts in 2013 - a third in the minor Sweet Briar Too Stakes in July. Last time out was a sixth in the Grade 3 Seaway Stakes after a seventh in the Grade 3 Royal North Stakes. Youcan'tcatchme was the Sovereign Award winner for Champion Female Sprinter in 2013 but has yet to find her groove in 2014. Erick Rodriguez will be in charge of getting Youcan'tcatchme back in form from gate 2 at 10-1 on the morning line.
Sushi Empire - has 11 career starts for trainer Eoin Harty with a win, two seconds and two third place finishes. She won the minor Blue Norther Stakes January 1 after a third in the Grade 3 Miesque Stakes at Hollywood Park November 30 and a second in a MSW three weeks earlier on that same track but hasn't been great since. Last time out was a fifth in the Grade 2 San Clemente Stakes at Del Mar July 19 after a sixth in the Grade 3 Senorita Stakes at Santa Anita June 28, a third in the minor Ultrafleet Stakes in May, a second in an Allowance Optional Claiming in March and a sixth in the minor China Doll Stakes in February. She looks for her first graded stakes score and her first win since January in her first start outside of California from post 6 at 10-1 odds.
Significant Bling - Timothy Hamm trained filly makes her graded stakes debut Monday having placed in three of her last four starts overall including an Allowance score on this track in May. Last time out was a second in an Allowance here August 18 after a third in an Allowance Optional Claiming just two weeks earlier. Significant Bling has 13 career starts with five wins, a second and a third place finish and lines up in gate 9 with Ricardo Feliciano in the reins at 12-1 on the morning line.
Cactus Kris - Ryan Walsh trained filly enters off an OK fourth in her graded stakes debut - the Grade 3 Ontario Colleen Stakes August 23 at Woodbine after a second in the minor Duchess Stakes on that same track in July and two straight Allowance scores here in June. Cactus Kris has won her last three starts on this track and looks to break through in graded stakes company for the first time at 12-1 odds when she leaves from the outside post with Huber Villa-Gomez aboard.
Capella Dancer - makes here graded stakes debut Monday after 28 career starts yielded 10 wins, nine seconds and three third place finishes. She enters off a third place finish in an Allowance on this track August 18 after a fifth in an Allowance in July and wins in three of four starts to start her year. Capella Dancer is the longest shot in the field at 20-1 odds and departs from post 3 Monday.
Race 6 on Presque Isle Downs's Monday card with a Post Time of 7:40 PM.
||Living The Life (IRE)
||Master the Blues
||R. Hess, Jr.