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Las Vegas, NV - Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York kicks off its 147th summer of thoroughbred racing on Friday, July 24. Part of the opening day card is the Grade 2 Lake George Stakes. Three year old fillies will be featured when they take to Saratoga's turf track and race 1 1/16 miles for the winner's portion of the $200,000 purse.
A full field of 12 will take to the track in the Lake George - race 9 on Saratoga's Opening Day card. Post time is 5:29 PM. Let's take a glance into the past performances of all 12 combatants for this intriguing Grade 2 stakes.
Feathered - Todd Pletcher trained filly has nine career starts with two wins, three seconds and a third place finish. She enters off a good second behind Spanish Queen in the Grade 1 American Oaks May 30 on Santa Anita turf after a career best effort - a gate-to-wire win in the Grade 3 Edgewood Stakes at this distance at Churchill Downs May 1 in her first start on turf. Those results followed an ugly seventh in the Grade 3 Fantasy Stakes April 4, a fourth in an Allowance in March and a second behind champion Take Charge Brandi in the Grade 1 Starlet Stakes at Los Alamitos in December. She also had a respectable fourth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. Feathered has placed in her last two starts overall after a brief slump and hopes to continue the upward trend from gate 10 with Luis Saez in the reins of the top weight and lone graded stakes winner in the field.
Lady Zuzu - has a win, a second and three third place finishes in nine career starts for trainer D Wayne Lukas but enters off a career worst effort - a twelfth in the Grade 1 Belmont Oaks Invitational after setting a furious pace and fading July 4. Before that was a decent second in the Grade 3 Regret Stakes at Churchill Downs May 13 and a pair of thirds in stakes action - the minor Hilltop Stakes May 15 and the Grade 3 Edgewood Stakes May 1. Lady Zuzu looked good before last time out and will be looking for a strong bounce back Friday. Corey Lanerie has been tabbed to ride from gate 8.
Partisan Politics - posted a nice win in her second career start - the $100k PG Johnson Stakes at Saratoga August 27. This after a third in her debut in July. She has been a tad up and down since - a decent second last time out to Celestine in the minor Wild Applause Stakes at Belmont Park June 14 followed a sixth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies and a fourth in the Grade 3 Miss Grillo Stakes at Belmont Park in September. Partisan Politics has been good at time in her career - not so good at others. Jockey Javier Castellano has been tabbed with getting a little consistency from this Chad Brown trained filly - from the outside post Friday.
Celestine - Bill Mott trained filly has four wins and a second place finish in seven career starts (four wins and a second in five career turf starts) and enters off four straight impressive wins - the last three coming in minor stakes company. Last time out was a win in the Wild Applause Stakes June 14 after wins in the Wait a While Stakes in May (both results at Belmont Park) and the Sanibel Island Stakes in March at Gulfstream. Celestine makes her graded stakes debut on fire and will have Junior Alvarado guiding her from the rail.
Mrs McDougal - has two wins in four career starts for trainer Chad Brown and fourth place finishes in her other two - a maiden score at first asking and an Allowance out by an impressive 7 1/4 lengths at Aqueduct April 24. She stepped into stakes company for the first time last time out and finished fourth in the Grade 1 American Oaks at Santa Anita and hopes for a breakthrough this week. Irad Ortiz will be in charge as Mrs McDougal looks to make a little noise in stakes company from post 9.
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Cara Marie - Kellyn Gorder pupil has two wins in five career starts and enters off a career best effort - a front-running win in the minor Indy Star Stakes at Indiana Grand Race Course May 30. Before that was a fourth in an Allowance in April and a maiden score in December in her third career start. Cara Marie steps into graded stakes company for the first time having won two of her last three starts. Paco Lopez rides from gate 4.
Mississippi Delta - Mark Casse trained filly has won three of her four career starts - three straight ahead of this week. Last time out was a win in the minor Alywow Stakes June 14 which followed seven months away, a win in the minor Glorious Song Stakes in November and a maiden score in September - all results at Woodbine. Mississippi Delta hopes to keep her present roll going in her first graded stakes start as she makes her first start away from Woodbine with Julien Leparoux in the reins from post 7.
Robillard - will race for just the fourth time for trainer Kiaran McLauglin having won two of her three career starts. She enters on a two race win streak - an Allowance May 15 at Belmont Park and a maiden score at Keeneland in April. Robillard take a huge leap up in competition Friday from post 11 with Cornelio Velasquez guiding her.
All in Fun - has two wins and a second place finish in five career starts for trainer Shug McGaughey. Last time out was a second in the minor Hilltop Stakes at Pimlico May 15 after a fourth in the minor Sanibel Island Stakes at Gulfstream in March and consecutive wins in the winter - an Allowance Optional Claiming in January being the best. All in Fun has looked OK so far in her career but takes a major step up in competition Friday. Joel Rosario has the mount from post 5.
Jellicle Ball - Graham Motion Irish bred filly makes her North American debut Friday after six starts at home yielded a win, a second and a third place finish. She failed to place in three of her last four starts - a pair of fourths in stakes action followed a third in a stakes in May and a twelfth place finish three weeks prior to that. Jellicle Ball looks for her first stakes win and first on-the-board finish in her last three starts when she departs from post 3 with John Velazquez in the saddle.
Sivoliere - Chad Brown trained Irish bred filly has eight career starts with three wins and a third place finish. She posted a stakes win at home last August and went on to a third in a Group 3 stakes August 23 before shipping to North America. She has three starts states-side and has failed to place in all. A fourth place finish last time out in the minor Wild Applause Stakes at Belmont Park followed a seventh in the minor Honey Ryder Stakes at Gulfstream in May and an OK fifth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. Sivoliere looks for her first North American score Friday and enters is so-so form. Jose Ortiz gets the call from gate 6.
My Year Is a Day - Graham Motion French bred filly will make just her second North American start after her debut in the States resulted in a fifth in the Grade 3 Edgewood Stakes at Churchill Downs May 1. At home she had three wins, two seconds and a third place finish in even starts. My Year Is a Day hopes to get back to the form that saw her competitive every time out at home when she leaves from gate 2 with Jose Lezcano aboard.
Race 9 on Saratoga Race Course's Friday card with a Post Time of 5:29 PM.
|1||Celestine||J. Alvarado||W. Mott|
|2||My Year Is a Day (FR)||J. Lezcano||H. Motion|
|3||Jellicle Ball (IRE)||J. Velazquez||H. Motion|
|4||Cara Marie||P. Lopez||K. Gorder|
|5||All in Fun||J. Rosario||C. McGaughey III|
|6||Sivoliere (IRE)||J. Ortiz||C. Brown|
|7||Mississippi Delta||J. Leparoux||M. Casse|
|8||Lady Zuzu||C. Lanerie||D. Lukas|
|9||Mrs McDougal||I. Ortiz, Jr.||C. Brown|
|10||Feathered||L. Saez||T. Pletcher|
|11||Robillard||C. Velasquez||K. McLaughlin|
|12||Partisan Politics||J. Castellano||C. Brown|