Curalina and I’m a Chatterbox Rematch in Grade 1 Alabama
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Sat 22/08/2015 - 14:29 EDT
Curalina is the 7/5 morning line favorite despite needing a controversial disqualification decision to earn her victory over I’m a Chatterbox (5/2) in the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks July 26 at Saratoga. The victory was Curalina’s second consecutive grade 1 score after winning the Acorn Stakes June 6 at Belmont. The Todd Pletcher-trainee has been victorious in 4 of 5 career starts with her lone blemish a second-place effort in her debut. The daughter of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin will be ridden by John Velazquez and break from post 2.
Chatterbox ready to make noise
I’m a Chatterbox (5/2), has repeatedly proven her mettle for trainer Larry Jones reeling off three consecutive stakes wins earlier in the year at Fair Grounds, including a score in the Grade 2 Fair Grounds Oaks. In her last two starts, the daughter of Munnings finished third in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks before the DQ episode in the Coaching Club American Oaks. Regular pilot Florent Geroux will take the mount breaking from post 4.
Maria looks for bounce-back
Kentucky Oaks heroine Lady Maria (5/1), also trained by Jones, will look to rebound after a disappointing fifth-place effort in the Grade 3 Delaware Oaks July 11. Lady Maria also won the Grade 1 Ashland Stakes in April and has won 4 of 9 career starts. Journeyman jockey Kerwin Clark retains the mount aboard the talented filly.
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.