Pierce has solid pair for Grade 2 Nassau
ETOBICOKE, Ontario – A solid field of 12 was entered for the Grade 2, $200,000 Nassau Stakes on Saturday, including the accomplished Malcolm Pierce-trained 5-year-olds Deceptive Vision and Overheard.
Deceptive Vision should be favored in the one-mile turf route. She was second to Lexie Lou in the Sovereign Award voting for Canadian champion turf female of 2014 after winning the Grade 2 Canadian and finishing third in the Grade 1 E.P. Taylor. She won her 2015 season opener on dirt in the Grade 3 Doubledogdare at Keeneland.
Overheard nosed out Deceptive Vision to take the Grade 2 Dance Smartly here last July. She also made her comeback at Keeneland, finishing fourth in a tough allowance.
Trainer Christophe Clement entered one of his four nominees, the French import Stellar Path, who captured an overnight stakes at Aqueduct in her debut on this side of the pond.
Skylander Girl is the speed of the party. She wintered at Gulfstream before finishing second here in the Grade 3 Whimsical and then ran the race of her life most recently, notching the Grade 3 Hendrie with a 91 Beyer Speed Figure.
Trainer Mark Casse sends out the secondary contenders Sky Treasure and Resistivity. Trainer David Bell will saddle longshots Silent Star and Copper Kitten.
Churchill: Louisville draws nine
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Majestic Harbor achieved the rare feat of winning back-to-back offthe-turf allowances within the same month, doing so as the lone main-track-only designee in short fields at Keeneland on April 4 and at Churchill Downs on opening night, April 25.
The 7-year-old horse is a Grade 1 winner with earnings of more than $750,000, so it’s not like he has taken shortcuts. Still, he is unproven on turf, and with nothing but blue skies in the forecast through this weekend, he’ll have to put his versatility on display to prevail Saturday in a well-matched renewal of the Louisville Handicap at Churchill.
A field of nine older horses has been entered in the 78th running of the Louisville, a 1 1/2-mile turf race run around three turns. Majestic Harbor,
owned by Gallant Stable, will start from post 5 as the co-highweight at 116 pounds with Patrioticandproud (post 9).
From the hedge, and with weights and riders, this is the Louisville lineup: Royal Blessing, 114, Miguel Mena; Cozy Kitten, 114, Julien Leparoux; Calvados, 115, Rafael Hernandez; Layton Register, 113, Jon Court; Majestic Harbor, 116, Corey Lanerie; For Greater Glory, 114, Joe Rocco Jr.; Xtra Luck, 114, Brian Hernandez Jr.; Golden Soul, 115, Robby Albarado; and Patrioticandproud, 116, Shaun Bridgmohan.
The Louisville Handicap is the first of two Grade 3, $100,000 stakes to be run this holiday weekend at Churchill. The Winning Colors, for female sprinters, will have its 12th running Monday.
Santa Anita: 5 Cal-bred stakes
ARCADIA, Calif. – The 3-year-old stakes winners Grazen Sky, La Fiera, Richard’s Boy, and Sheer Pleasure can win the richest races of their careers in $200,000 stakes for California-breds at Santa Anita on Saturday.
Grazen Sky, a colt, and Richard’s Boy, a gelding, are part of a field of 11 in the Snow Chief Stakes for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles on turf. Grazen Sky, owned by breeder Nick Alexander and trained by Steve Miyadi, got his first stakes win and the third win of his career in the Silky Sullivan Stakes for California-breds at a mile on turf at Golden Gate Fields on April 26.
Richard’s Boy, owned by Rockingham Ranch and trained by Peter Miller, won the Desert Code Stakes against open company on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita on May 2. The Snow Chief Stakes will be his first start around two turns.
The $200,000 Melair Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles on the main track will be the Southern California debut for La Fiera, who races for breeders Jill and William Gray and trainer Greg James. La Fiera won her stakes debut in the Campanile Stakes for California-bred 3-year-old fillies at a mile on turf April 26.
Sheer Pleasure won the Evening Jewel Stakes for California-bred fillies at 6 1/2 furlongs on April 4. The Melair Stakes will be her first start around two turns.
There are five stakes for California-breds on Saturday’s program.
The $150,000 Tiznow Stakes at a mile drew 10 runners, including Motown Men, who was third in the Grade 3 Precisionist Stakes on May 2, and Soi Phet, the winner of the $200,000 Los Alamitos Mile last September
ild in the Saddle, the winner of the Dream of Summer Stakes for California-breds in March, will be favored in the $125,000 Fran’s Valentine Stakes for fillies and mares at a mile on turf.
Harlington’s Rose can win her third stakes in the last six months in the $150,000 Spring Fever Stakes for fillies and mares at six furlongs. From September to March, Harlington’s Rose ran eight times and won the first two stakes of her 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 Silverfoot Silverfoot Drilling for Oil Lattice Brass Hat Free Fighter Keertana Simmard Dark Cove War Dancer 98 99 103 100 98 97 96 96 96 99 101.35 career, including the Grade 3 Las Flores Stakes on March 8.
The active campaign led to a brief vacation that ends in the Spring Fever Stakes. With the drop in class from a graded stakes to statebred competition, trainer Steve Knapp expects a win.
“I would expect her to run a big race,” Knapp said. “She loves what’s going on. I worked
her in company, and she’s sharp right now.”
Last winter, Harlington’s Rose won the Kalookan Queen Stakes and was third in the Grade 2 Santa Monica Stakes. The Spring Fever will be the 11th stakes appearance of her career. Harlington’s Rose has won 4 of 21 starts and earned $371,040.
Deceptive Vision wins the Grade 3 Doubledogdare at Keeneland in her 2015 debut last month.
Grazen Sky wins the Silky Sullivan Stakes for California-breds by 1 1/4 lengths in his turf debut.