A large group of 13 ,3yo fillies will take to the Keeneland poly track this Saturday in the $500,000, GI Central Bank Ashland Stakes, for 3yo fillies, at 1 1/16 mile over the Keeneland poly track as the GI portion of this year’s Keeneland spring meeting gets started here this weekend!
Testa Rossi , will probably be the post time fav with her GIII Florida Oaks turf win last out at Tampa Bay Downs and with her win last fall in the GIII Miss Grillo at Belmont Park. She also had a good 2yo season over on the continent last summer was some quality wins before shipping across the pond. She has excellence closing form too as this one gets a Closer’s rating here for this race!
Room Service , will be a very close 2nd thought here by winning the GIII Herecomesthebride Stakes turfer at G/P last out coming with a big time closing finish and running the that 1 1/8 course in a quick 1:46.4. She”ll be a closer type here, as well!
Istanford , 2nd by some 3 lengths in that same GIII Florida Oaks turf last out at Tampa Bay Downs but did have a stretch lead in there but faded to the runner-up spot after wearing down deep stretch. Might be an early speed here this Saturday.
Candy Kitty , was 2nd in that same GIII Herecomesthebride Stakes turfer at G/P last out where she did surrendered a stretch lead to Room Service. This one’s a bit of a stalker type which might work better over this Keeneland poly course then a full blown closer!
Thank You Marylou , winner of the Any Limit Stakes at G/P on Mar. 9th going 7f’s in a sharp 1:21.2 to a 2 1/2 lengths win. Does have a 2nd in the GII Adirondack Stakes at Saratoga last summer to her credits, as well. Stretches to 2-turns for the first here on Saturday but she’s a “Birdstone” so 2-turns shouldn’t be a problem for her! A big price here would get our exotics attention fast!
Rosalind , has multiple graded placings on her resume including a very good 3rd in last fall’s GI B/C Juvenile Fillies tussle and does have a GI 2nd over this strip already but came a somewhat distance 3rd last out in a $75k G/P Oc at 1 1/16 mile over the G/P main back 5 lengths. If you run a line thru that last start she should be a force in here on Saturday!
On the Backstreets , banged out 2 quick downhill turf wins with one being a stakes victory at S/A before coming 4th there in the China Doll Stakes at a mile out on the S/A turf flat course last out! Some possible early speed here too!
Seeking Her Glory , faded to 3rd in that same GIII Herecomesthebride Stakes turfer at G/P last out after doing all the early heavy lifting in the 2-turn turfer. She looks to be one of several who’ll be in the early vanguard here on Saturday!
Resistivity , a sharp winner of a G/P $75k Oc turfer last out going 1 1/16 mile in a crisp 1:41 and doing it all the way up front too! More possible early speed here!
Macaroon , and Saturday Bliss , are both coming off lesser Alw wins last out while Miss Besilu , and Ireland , had less than sterling graded outings last time out rounding out this field of 13, 3yo fillies!
Post Time – 5:22 pm EDT
|1.||Istanford||J Rocco, Jr.||121||M Stidham||15/1|
|2.||Room Service||S Bridgmohan||121||W M Catalano||9/2|
|3.||Macaroon||L Saez||121||K P McLaughlin||15/1|
|4.||On the Backstreets||R Albarado||121||P Miller||15/1|
|5.||Thank You Marylou||J R Leparoux||121||M J Maker||5/1|
|6.||Testa Rossi||J Lezcano||121||C C Brown||3/1|
|7.||Miss Besilu||C J Lanerie||121||W I Mott||15/1|
|8.||Rosalind||J Rosario||121||K G McPeek||15/1|
|9.||Candy Kitty||E S Prado||121||T A Pletcher||9/2|
|10.||Ireland||J Graham||121||D W Lukas||30/1|
|11.||Saturday Bliss||C P DeCarlo||121||G Weaver||20/1|
|12.||Seeking Her Glory||R Napravnik||121||T A Pletcher||12/1|
|13.||Resistivity||S Elliott||121||M E Casse||10/1|
Picks are – 1,2,6,9 exacta box, with the 8, 5 or 4 at the back of a super play!
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