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Summertime Promise to Highlight Opening Day Card

The third renewal of the Summertime Promise Breeders' Cup Stakes promises to be a bang-up affair. A full field of 12 3-year-old fillies passed the entry box Friday for Sunday's $150,000-guaranteed 1 1-16 mile turf race.

In light of a good second-place finish in the Grade 3 Boiling Springs Breeders' Cup Handicap at the Meadowlands, following three straight victories, Watch (119 lbs, Shane Sellers) has been installed as the morning line favorite. Her main competition appears likely to come from the trio of Alpine At Clark (117, Pat Day), Diadella (119, Mark Guidry), and Islay Mist GB (119, Victor Espinoza).

In the aforementioned Boiling Springs, Watch didn't display her customary good early foot and, instead, had to try to make up ground against slow fractions. That race, however, was contested on a good turf track. With little rain over the last couple of weeks, Hawthorne's turf course is likely to be listed as firm, a factor which should work in her favor.

Alpine At Clark is a versatile sort who apparently prefers to come from out of it but who has shown the ability to track the pace when that talent is needed. She's stepping into the stakes ranks, on the grass, for the first time, but she appears to be improving with every start.

Diadella is another who is getting good at the right time. She likes to lay back early, but closes with a rush when asked. She's unbeaten in her two starts since adding blinkers and was victorious in the $100,000 Ontario Colleen Handicap in her most recent appearance.

Islay Mist was the odds-on favorite to beat Watch when they met at Lone Star on July 4 but Watch got the jump on this filly and she was unable to make up enough ground late.

Here's how they will line up in the Summertime Promise, from the rail out: Brian's Beauty (115, Alfredo Juarez Jr.); Secretsinthesky (113, Carlos Silva); Sabathani (115, Eusebio Razo); Soccory (117, Ray Sibille); Diadella (119, Mark Guidry); Islay Mist (119, Victor Espinoza); Bowl Of Emeralds (115, Larry Melancon); Double Devils Food (117, Chris Emigh); Julies Love Letter (115, Marlon St. Julien); Alpine At Clark (117, Pat Day); Watch (119, Shane Sellers); and Dynasharp (115, Tim Doocy).

Bowl Of Emeralds started only twice on the turf, winning once, but this well-bred filly comes from the barn of the highly dangerous Bill Mott. Julies Love Letter might be the sleeper. She was extremely sharp at Arlington and raced unexpectedly well to get fifth in the Grade 1 Garden City Breeders' Cup Handicap at Belmont.

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