Riposte (GB) Headlines Strong Field for $150,000 Very One Stakes
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Thu 19/02/2015 - 19:25 EST
On Saturday at Gulfstream, fillies and mares will take to the turf in the 31st edition of the $150,000 Very One Stakes. Carded at a mile and three-eighths on the turf, the Grade 3 has drawn a field of eight.
Riposte (GB) tops the international field at morning line odds of 5-2 for trainer Bill Mott. Bred and owned by Juddmonte Farms, the five-year-old daughter of Dansili (GB) has won four of her eleven starts and comes into this race off of consecutive graded stakes wins on the turf in New York. She has been on the shelf since winning the New York (G2) at Belmont in June and has been training steadily in Florida for her return. Joel Rosario will be aboard from post position six.
Irish Mission making seasonal debut
Christophe Clement will saddle the second choice, Irish Mission, at odds of 3-1. A six-year-old daughter of Giant’s Causeway, the former Canadian champion is a six-time career winner with over $1.2 million in earnings. A multiple graded stakes winner, she will be making her first start of the year and was last seen winning the La Prevoyante (G3) at Gulfstream. John Velazquez will be in the irons and they will break from post position three.
Kitten’s Point training sharply since last win
Also in the field at morning line odds of 9-2 is Kitten’s Point, a homebred for George Strawbridge’s Augustin Stable. Trained by Graham Motion, the five-year-old daughter of Kitten’s Joy has won four of her twelve career starts, two of which came at Gulfstream Park. She was last seen winning the Astra Stakes at Santa Anita in January and has had a bullet workout since that race. Flavien Prat has retained the mount and they will break from post five.
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.