$100,000 Soviet Problem Stakes Features Eight Cal-Bred Fillies
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Fri 04/12/2015 - 09:13 EST
On Saturday at Los Alamitos, the featured race is the $100,000 Soviet Problem Stakes. Restricted to California-bred two-year-old fillies, the one mile contest has attracted a field of eight.
Patrick Biancone will saddle the heavy favorite, Patriotic Diamond, who has been installed at odds of 9-5 on the morning line. A dark bay daughter of Hat Trick (JPN), she has been on the board in all four starts and is a two-time winner. She is stepping back up to stakes competition after winning an optional claiming race at Del Mar and will have Hall of Fame rider Mike Smith aboard from post five as she tries for her first stakes victory.
Just Google Me trying to rebound after last race
Second choice at morning line odds of 5-2 is Just Google Me for trainer Scott Rollins. A bay daughter of Stormin Fever, she was purchased for $17,000 and has won two of her five starts. She won her first stakes race two starts back in the Barretts Debutante Stakes and will be trying to rebound after finishing ninth in the Golden State Juvenile Fillies Stakes at Del Mar. Edwin Maldonado will be aboard from post position seven.
Class test for maiden winner Roo’s Valentine
Also in the field at morning line odds of 3-1 is Roo’s Valentine for trainer Kristin Mulhall. Bred and owned by Kretz Racing, the dark bay daughter of Vronksy has been on the board in all four starts and will be making her stakes debut after breaking her maiden last time out. She defeated five state-bred rivals in a maiden race at Del Mar with Martin Pedroza aboard. Pedroza will be back in the irons and they will break from post three.
Players trying to look beyond prohibitive favorite Tepin in the September 17 Woodbine Mile will surely have their work cut out for them as the superstar mare tackles seven rivals on the grass.
The second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown goes Tuesday night from Fort Erie race track, where Sir Dudley Digges will try to take another step toward Canadian racing history.
On Sunday, Woodbine will host the $1 million Queen’s Plate Stakes, Canada’s most prestigious race. Restricted to horses foaled in Canada, the classic mile and a quarter contest has drawn a field of thirteen three-year-olds.
A spectacular card of graded stakes action has been assembled for Saturday at Belmont Park and the $1 million Ogden Phipps is shaping up to be one of the most competitive races of the day. The Grade 1 event for fillies and mares will be contested at a mile and a sixteenth.