Eight Fillies Seek Graded Victory in Comely Stakes

Blamed galloping at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography Calling all three-year-old fillies! Friday’s $200,000 Comely Stakes (gr. III) might not be the most anticipated race on Thanksgiving week, but the nine-furlong event at Aqueduct does represent the penultimate opportunity for sophomore fillies to seek a graded stakes victory on dirt this year. Suffice to say, someone is definitely going to benefit from this opportunity, because none of the eight entrants in the Comely have previously won at the [...]

Midnight Bisou Faces Deep Field in Mother Goose Stakes

Midnight Bisou winning the Santa Ysabel Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita -© BENOIT PHOTO Although Saturday’s $250,000 Mother Goose Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park lost its Grade 1 status last year, that hasn’t stopped the 2018 renewal of the 8.5-furlong event from drawing a top-class field packed with proven graded stakes winners. You know the stakes are high when the Triple Crown-winning Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith travels from California to ride on the East [...]

Layla Noor Returns in Weber City Miss Stakes

Trainer Mark Casse will send out Shamrock Rose in the Weber City Miss Stakes (Keeneland Photo/Coady Photography) At this time of year, it pays to keep an eye on every significant stakes races for three-year-olds around the country, because you never know where the next up-and-coming star might come from. That’s why handicappers should keep an eye on Saturday’s $125,000 Weber City Miss Stakes at Laurel Park. The 8.5-furlong race three-year-old fillies has attracted a competitive field of [...]

Servis pair take on Wonder Gadot in Demoiselle Stakes

Daisy is out on her own at the finish of the Tempted Stakes at Aqueduct. Pic: Coglianese Photos/Chelsea Durand. Promising fillies Daisy and Maurer Power give trainer John Servis a strong hand in the Demoiselle Stakes (G2) at Aqueduct Dec. 2. Daisy (Blame) and Maurer Power (Violence) both come into the race unbeaten in two starts. Daisy’s resume is the stronger one, as she won the Tempted Stakes (G3) at Aqueduct in early November, leading most of the [...]