Stellar Path heads field set for Plenty of Grace

December 10, 2019

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Originally scheduled for April 12, the $100,000 Plenty of Grace for fillies and mares 4-years-old and up at One mile is now set to be run Friday at Aqueduct Racetrack. The first turf stakes race of the Spring meet at the Big A, the Plenty of Grace drew a field of eight runners.

Standing as the 7-5 morning-line favorite is 4-year-old Stellar Path, who will be making her first start in North America for owner Trevor Stewart and trainer Christophe Clement. Stellar Path is the most accomplished runner in the field with a Group 2 stakes win as 2-year-old in France and has collected three wins with three second-place finishes out of nine tries at the distance.

Last out, in the Group 1 Premio Vittorio Di Capua Stakes at San Siro Racecourse in Italy, Stellar Path finished eighth from twelve runners, but looks to make her first start in North America a successful one for her connections.

"She's a bit of a smaller filly; it looks like a mile will suit her well," said Clement. "She can run on soft or firm turf and should benefit from the race. She's been training very well and we're looking forward to a nice campaign with her"

Drawing post position 2, Stellar Path will break with jockey Luis Saez in the irons.

Clement will also saddle Cushion, a 5-year-old daughter of Galileo. Cushion is coming off a second-place finish in the Grade 3 My Charmer Handicap last November at Gulfstream, where she left from the outermost post 10 to make an impressive move in the stretch to place.

"Cushion is doing very well," said Clement. "We think she wants to go a bit further than a mile, so this will be a prep race for her."

Standing at 7-2 on the morning-line, Cushion will leave from post 3 with Junior Alvarado up.

Hall of Fame trainers Shug McGaughey and Jonathan Sheppard will be represented by Tokyo Time and Principessa Ava, respectively.

A 5-year-old bay mare by Medaglia d'Oro, Tokyo Time makes her return to the New York racing circuit having spent the winter racing at Gulfstream Park, where in her last start she picked up her first victory at One mile winning a $100,000 optional claimer on February 7. Manuel Franco has been given the mount, and the pair will leave from post 5 standing at 2-1 on the morning-line.

Principessa Ava, whose last two starts came in graded stakes races at Tampa Bay Downs, where she finished sixth in the Grade 3 Hillsborough and fourth in the Grade 3 Endeavor, looks to bounce back. The 4-year-old is familiar with the Big A, where she stalked to only lose by a neck in an optional-claiming race this past November.

With Cornelio Velasquez set for the mount, Principessa Ava will leave from post 6.

Rounding out the field at 30-1 on the morning-line is Streethomealabama , trained and owned by William Heffner. Natalie Victoria, Tapit's World, and Girlabouttown are entered for the main track only.

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