Full and Talented Field Set For 200K Ladies Sprint
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Fri 12/09/2014 - 12:32 EDT
A stellar stakes card Saturday, September 13 at Kentucky Downs includes the $200,000 Kentucky Downs Ladies Sprint for fillies and mares going six and a half furlongs on the tracks signature undulating, European-style turf course.
The overflow field of fifteen is led by 7/2 morning line favorite Sky Treasure who invades from Canada for trainer Mark Casse. The four year-old daughter of Sky Mesa seems to have found her niche sprinting on the turf in each of her last two starts including a narrow defeat in the Grade III Really North Stakes at Woodbine. Sky Treasure followed that effort with a convincing allowance score going six and a half furlongs on the turf at Woodbine. In those two races, she earned Beyer Speed figures of 93 and 94 while displaying the ability to rate off the pace and finish strong – a skill that will come in handy with the long stretch at KY Downs.
Richies Party Girl tries to make amends
Richies Party Girl (4/1 ML) has proven best when she can shake clear early. The Wesley Ward trainee threw in a clunker in her last start July 27 in the Really North at Woodbine finishing ninth after bearing out in the stretch. Handicappers can’t be faulted for dismissing that race, but Richies Party Girl will once again have to deal with Sky Treasure and may find the early fractions more challenging than expected.
Quay will be rolling late
If things heat up on the front end, Quay (8/1 ML) is another interesting possibility. The four year-old Tapit filly is making her third start off the layoff after showing a closing kick in two turf sprints at Saratoga running five and a half furlongs. The extra distance and long stretch should flatter her style-especially if the early fractions are lively.
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