Loaded Pair for Todd Pletcher in $1 Million Ogden Phipps
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Mon 06/06/2016 - 11:19 EDT
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.
Trainer Todd Pletcher will likely have two of the top contenders, Stopchargingmaria and Curalina. Last year, Stopchargingmaria capped off her season with a victory in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) and earned her ninth career victory. She was second in the Madison Stakes (G1) in her only start this year. Curalina has been on the board in all nine starts and was last seen winning the La Troienne Stakes (G1) in her first start since finishing third in the Distaff.
Cavorting aiming for second straight victory
Another probable contender is Cavorting for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. Owned by Stonestreet Stables, the four-year-old daughter of Bernardini was purchased for $360,000 as a yearling and has won six of her eleven starts. Of those six wins, three of those victories have come at Belmont Park. She has had two starts this year and was last seen winning the Ruffian Stakes (G2) by five-lengths over five rivals.
Consistent Carrumba a star on the rise
Carrumba, a homebred for the prestigious Phipps Stable for whom the race is named, is also listed as a probable contender. A four-year-old daughter of Bernardini, she is trained by Claude McGaughey, III and has four wins and four second-place finishes from eight starts. She earned her first graded stakes victory two starts back and was last seen finishing second to Cavorting in the Ruffian Stakes (G2).
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