Ann of the Dance – She may be called “Peanut” around the barn because she’s petite and very feminine, but Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf starter Ann of the Dance is all race horse when it counts.
“She’s so little, but she’s got a big, big heart. That’s why Marty bought her (for Farnsworth Stables after her last outing in the Alcibiades),” said Heather Irion, the assistant to trainer Marty Wolfson.
“If you look at her race replays, you’ll see that she got knocked into the rails and bumped into, and she’s only half the size of the others, but she kept fighting. When she ran against the boys (winning an optional claiming race at Arlington by 6 ½ lengths) they smashed into her but she pinned her ears back and went right on through. We’re very excited for this race.”
On Wednesday, Irion took Ann of the Dance to the track for a jog to the wire followed by a 1 1/2m gallop.
“She did great,” she said. “She’s really relaxed. Having all of these people around with all of the commotion doesn’t bother her one bit.”
Customer Base – The daughter of Lemon Drop Kid jogged 3f on the turf under Gabriel Sanchez on Wednesday morning with trainer Tom Proctor and Glen Hill Farm president Craig Bernick keeping a watchful eye.
“So far, she’s perfect,” Bernick said of the undefeated filly he purchased for $170,000 at the 2010 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Yearling sale.
Dayatthespa – Trainer Chad Brown sent his New York-bred City Zip filly out for a routine morning gallop of 1 3/8m.
Dear Lavinia – The daughter of Grand Slam, who will remain in America after the Juvenile Fillies Turf, had a strong canter on the dirt Wednesday. Second in a listed raced at Craon in France in September, that form got a real boost when the winner, French Fifteen, comfortably won the Criterium International at Saint-Cloud last weekend.
Elusive Kate – The 2-1 morning-line favorite for the Juvenile Fillies Turf has been sold to Teruya Yoshida by her owners Magnolia Racing and Rachel Hood, the wife of trainer John Gosden.
A winner of four straight races in Europe, most recently the Criterium d Pouliches at Longchamp, Elusive Kate will run in the name of Yoshida and Magnolia Racing, owned by Robert and Janice McNair, in the Juvenile Fillies Turf.
Bloodstock agent Eugenio Columbo said that the Elusive Quality filly will remain in Gosden’s care at his yard in Newmarket and will race in Yoshida’s name in Europe in 2012
Somali Lemonade – The undefeated Lemon Drop Kid filly continues to thrive in Kentucky and galloped 1 1/2m Wednesday with assistant trainer Peter Brette aboard.
Trainer Michael Matz explained that the filly got her name after her owner, Caroline Forgason, had several other name choices rejected by The Jockey Club and while on a trip to Dubai came up with the new name. On her visit, she kept seeing bags of lemons labeled Somali Lemons and decided to try the name Somali Lemonade, which was accepted.
The filly is the fifth generation of horses bred by Forgason’s family. Her mother is noted horsewoman Helen Groves and her sister Helen Alexander owns Middlebrook Farm in Lexington, Ky. Another sister, Dee Dee, is wife of trainer Michael Matz.
Stephanie's Kitten – A maiden winner over the Arlington turf in her second career start, Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey’s Juvenile Fillies Turf contender then traveled to Woodbine for her Graded stakes debut. Very wide throughout, she finished third behind a pair of fellow Breeders’ Cup starters in Northern Passion (Juvenile Fillies) and Dayatthespa (Juvenile Fillies Turf).
“With the right trip, the Natalma was probably a winning race, but that’s horse racing,” trainer Wayne Catalano said. “You have to have everything lined up, and then you have to have a good trip. If the jock had saved a little ground we probably would have been standing in the winner’s circle. The race spaced out well leading up to the Alcibiades, which gave us an extra week going into the Breeders’ Cup.”
Despite finishing a disadvantaged third in the Natalma, a race that was run in a faster time than the Summer for the boys on the same day, the daughter of Kitten’s Joy was dismissed at odds of nearly 10-1 in the Alcibiades.
“Considering the strong headwind into the stretch, and how well speed was holding up that day, she ran a very good race to win the Alcibiades,” Catalano said. “That was powerful. Off that, we’re feeling pretty good about our chances. We got all the formula working for us, now we just need the stars to line up.”
Stopshoppingmaria/Sweet Cat – Both 2yo fillies galloped 1 ¼m and then stood in the gate in preparation for the Juvenile Fillies Turf.
“I think her (Stopshoppingmaria) work here was so good on Saturday (5f in 1:04 2/5 on the Matt Winn Turf Course) it got some people’s attention,” trainer Todd Pletcher said. “Being a daughter of More Than Ready it seemed like a natural for us to give her a try on the turf.”
Sweet Cat also has plenty of grass pedigree appeal from Kitten’s Joy. She has already been first and second in two turf tries. This will be the first start on grass for Stopshoppingmaria, who was second in the Frizette after a 9 ¾-length maiden victory on dirt.
Up – The daughter of Galileo cantered 1m on the main track early Wednesday morning with two of her stablemates, Homecoming Queen (Juvenile Fillies) and Misty For Me (Filly & Mare Turf).