Pierce has solid pair for Grade 2 Nas­sau

Daily Racing Form Saturday Stakes Preview - - FRONT PAGE - – Ron Gierkink

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.

KEENELAND/COADY PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

De­cep­tive Vi­sion wins the Grade 3 Dou­ble­dog­dare at Keeneland in her 2015 de­but last month.

VAS­SAR PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

Grazen Sky wins the Silky Sul­li­van Stakes for Cal­i­for­nia-breds by 1 1/4 lengths in his turf de­but.

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