Jean El­iz­a­beth speed of field

Daily Racing Form National Digital Edition - - News - By Ron Gierkink

ETOBICOKE, On­tario – Chicago trainer Larry Riv­elli said on the pop­u­lar “At the Races with Steve Byk” ra­dio show that he hopes to make the trip to Wood­bine to sad­dle the speedy Jean El­iz­a­beth in Sun­day’s $100,000 Rul­ing An­gel Stakes. That might be rea­son enough to give her a big shot in the Tapeta sprint for 3-year-old fil­lies.

Riv­elli through Thurs­day had won with 100 of his 323 starts this year, a 31 per­cent win rate.

Jean El­iz­a­beth has won six of nine starts, in­clud­ing three Poly­track scores this year at Ar­ling­ton. Most re­cently, she led un­til the fi­nal strides over a sloppy strip in the sev­en­fur­long Dog­wood Stakes at Churchill and fin­ished a close third.

Riv­elli said he was pon­der­ing the Grade 2 Raven Run on Oct 20 at Keeneland for Jean El­iz­a­beth, but has opted for the 6 1/2-fur­long Rul­ing An­gel be­cause of the syn­thetic sur­face and cal­iber of com­pe­ti­tion.

“I ran her in the race at Churchill to see if she’d like the dirt, and she ran good,” Riv­elli said. “I was think­ing about the Raven Run, but it would be a tougher spot. This race came up good. We’re the fa­vorite. She loves the [syn­thetic]. We’re go­ing to keep her there. She’s had a real good ca­reer, and she’s only 3. I’m ex­cited about the race. We’re go­ing to fly up there for the race if we can.”

A field of eight was drawn for the 6 1/2-fur­long Rul­ing An­gel, in­clud­ing an ar­ray of ship­pers.

KEY CON­TENDERS

Jean El­iz­a­beth, by Adios Char­lie Last 3 Bey­ers: 82-83-83

◗ Riv­elli broke out of a slump at Wood­bine when he sent out Dom the Bomb to win the night­cap last Mon­day.

Gla­ma­na­tion, by Point of En­try Last 3 Bey­ers: 85-50-67

◗ Af­ter fin­ish­ing up the course in the 10-fur­long Won­der Where Stakes, she made her sec­ond start for lead­ing trainer Norm McKnight a win­ning one in a six-fur­long al­lowance three weeks ago. McKnight ap­pears to have found her niche as a clos­ing sprinter.

Win the War, by War Front Last 3 Bey­ers: 56-82-81

◗ She looked like a world­beater in her 11-length tally in the 2017 Glo­ri­ous Song Stakes. Fol­low­ing a long lay­off, she was a work­man­like win­ner of the Duchess Stakes here, and then fin­ished far back most re­cently in the Grade 2 Pri­oress on the dirt at Saratoga.

“We’re just bring­ing her back there try­ing to get her back on track,” trainer Mark Casse said. “Ul­ti­mately, I’m go­ing to run her on the turf. I think she’ll prob­a­bly end up be­ing a good turf horse.”

Devine Mis­chief, by Into Mis­chief Last 3 Bey­ers: 60-73-77

◗ The dirt spe­cial­ist from Ken­tucky is mak­ing her first syn­thetic track start. She breezed a half-mile in 50.60 over Keeneland’s Poly­track train­ing track last Sun­day for trainer Joe Sharp.

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