Thursday, October 15, 2009

Fillies Highlight Week(end)

Smart Seattle has prepped for the $150,000 Jessamine over the Keeneland turf, since her second place finish in the P.G Johnson stakes at Saratoga September 3. That day has come. And they'rrrrreee off....the turf. The rain continues to fall over Keeneland like the inevitable ticker-tape parade for the New York Giants down Broadway come February.

The Smart Strike filly dazzled in her debut stopping the clock in 1:02.2 in her 5 1/2 furlong sprint. She was sent off as the favorite in her second start, the P.G Johnson. On just three weeks rest she could not catch the loose-on-the-lead Tapitsfly, and missed by 1 1/4 lengths.
To this point, her two lifetime starts have been nothing short of impressive and she will tackle the polytrack for the first time in hopes of a Breeders' Cup appearance.

Smart Seattle's work partner is Zilva, who finished a credible fourth, in the Grade I Alcibiades less than one week ago.

On Saturday, Shared Account will run for her biggest purse yet in the respected Grade I Queen Elizabeth II. The 3-year-old filly will also face her toughest field to date with the likes of American Oaks winner Gozzip Girl, Ontario Colleen winner Lady Shakespeare, Garden City winner Miss World and Pucker Up winner Hot Cha Cha.

After her impressive run in the Grade II Lake Placid, Shared Account inherited the lead in the Grade I Garden City over a boggy Belmont grass course. Have yet to run over a solid course, the Pleasantly Perfect sophomore may encounter a soft going f0r the fifth consecutive race.

In the Queen Elizabeth II, Shared Account breaks from the five hole just outside of potential favorite Gozzip Girl. Edgar Prado to ride.

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