Lake Time seek­ing black type

Daily Racing Form National Digital Edition - - News - By Steve An­der­sen

ARCADIA, Calif. – Lake Time has been on a tour of the South­west in re­cent months, with pos­i­tive re­sults.

The 5-year-old mare was fourth in the CERF Stakes at Del Mar in Septem­ber, third in the mi­nor Princess of Palms Stakes at Turf Par­adise in Phoenix in Oc­to­ber, and won an al­lowance race with a $62,500 claim­ing op­tion at Del Mar in Novem­ber.

For her 2019 de­but, Lake Time drew the rail in Sun­day’s $75,000 Kalookan Queen Stakes for fil­lies and mares at 6 1/2 fur­longs at Santa Anita. At a glance, the race en­tries would re­flect the tough­est race of Lake Time’s ca­reer, al­though the fi­nal field may be dif­fer­ent.

Sel­court, a three-time stakes win­ner last year, is en­tered in Satur­day’s Grade 3 Las Ciene­gas Stakes, which is sched­uled for the hill­side turf course and could be shifted to the main track depend­ing on po­ten­tial rain. Trainer John Sadler said Sel­court would run in the $100,000 Las Ciene­gas Stakes if the race is shifted to dirt be­cause of its higher purse. Sel­court won the 2018 Kalookan Queen for her first stakes win.

The Kalookan Queen drew a field of six. Three other fil­lies and mares have placed in stakes – Lady Sue­bee, Spring Lily, and Way to Ver­sailles.

KEY CON­TENDERS

Sel­court, by Tiz Won­der­ful Last 3 Bey­ers: 67-104-100

◗ Sel­court was 12th of 14 in the Breed­ers’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint on Nov. 3 at Churchill Downs, her first start since a win in the Santa Mon­ica Stakes in late March. If Sel­court runs in the Kalookan Queen, the 5-year-old mare will be a pro­hib­i­tive fa­vorite. Her form is vastly su­pe­rior to the other en­trants. Sadler said Fri­day morn­ing that he was learn­ing to­ward a start Satur­day.

Lake Time, by Tapizar Last 3 Bey­ers: 93-81-86

◗ Lake Time has won 3 of 17 starts and earned $177,546 for own­ers Mary and James Abel. Lake Time raced near the front in her re­cent win at Del Mar, fin­ish­ing a head in front of Dom­i­nat­ing Woman. Lake Time was rid­den by Geo­vanni Franco, who re­tains the mount.

“She’ll race for­wardly,” trainer Eric Krul­jac said. “We’ll break and see where we’re at.

“We’ll take a shot at black type. Third would be good.” Lady Sue­bee, by First De­fence Last 3 Bey­ers: 82-67-83

◗ This marks the Cal­i­for­nia de­but for Lady Sue­bee, who was pre­vi­ously trained in New York by Chad Brown. Lady Sue­bee was third in the Coro­na­tion Cup at 5 1/2 fur­longs on turf at Saratoga in July.

◗ Lady Sue­bee was pur­chased for $230,000 at the Keeneland Novem­ber breed­ing stock sale and is now owned by Pete and Kosta Hro­nis and trained by Sadler.

“She lays up close,” Sadler said. “She’s train­ing well. We’re learn­ing a lit­tle bit.”

◗ A 4-year-old filly, Lady Sue­bee has drawn the out­side post and will be rid­den by Joel Rosario. Lady Sue­bee won her fi­nal start for Brown, an al­lowance race with a $62,500 claim­ing op­tion at six fur­longs at Bel­mont Park in Oc­to­ber.

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