$250,000 John C. Mabee Stakes Draws Field of Nine
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Fri 07/08/2015 - 20:49 EDT
Fanticola has been tabbed as the morning line favorite at odds of 5-2 for trainer Philip D’Amato. A five-year-old daughter of Silent Name, she has been on the board in sixteen of her seventeen starts and is a five-time winner. She earned the first graded stakes win of her career with a game victory by a neck in the Royal Heroine Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita. Joe Talamo will be back aboard and they will break from post position three.
Queen of the Sand (IRE) trying to turn tabes on Fanticola
Second choice at 7-2 on the morning line is Queen of the Sand (IRE) for trainer Patrick Gallagher. A five-year-old daughter of Footstepsinthesand (GB), she is an eight-time winner and earned the first graded stakes victory of her career three starts back in the Santa Barbara Handicap (G1). She was second as the favorite behind Fanticola last time out and will have Drayden Van Dyke in the irons as she tries to avenge that loss from post seven.
Emotional Kitten attempting to return to form
Also in the field at morning line odds of 4-1 is Emotional Kitten for trainer Wesley Ward. A five-year-old daughter of Kitten’s Joy, she is a homebred for Ken and Sarah Ramsey and is a five-time winner. She was a graded stakes winner as a three-year-old and has gone winless from three starts this year. She was fourth last time out in the Perfect Sting Stakes at Belmont Park. Gary Stevens will be aboard and they will break from post two.
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