Thursday, November 15, 2012
CHURCHILL DOWNS STAKES ADVANCE
CENTRE COURT TOPS FIELD OF 12 FOR SATURDAY’S GRADE II MRS. REVERE
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012) – Centre Court, winner of the Lake George (Grade II) and Regret (GIII) this summer, headlines a competitive field of 12 3-year-old fillies entered for Saturday’s 22nd running of the $175,000-added Mrs. Revere (GII) at Churchill Downs.
Following her victories in the Regret and Lake George, G. Watts Humphrey Jr.’s Centre Court ran second behind Stephanie’s Kitten in the Lake Placid (GII) at Saratoga. In her most recent start, the Rusty Arnold-trained Centre Court ran second to Dayatthespa in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (GI) at Keeneland.
The 1 1/16-mile Mrs. Revere will mark Centre Court’s third start on the Matt Winn Turf Course, where she is a perfect 2-for-2. She will break from post seven and be ridden by Julien Leparoux, who won last year’s Mrs. Revere aboard Marketing Mix.
Centre Court will be challenged in the Mrs. Revere by five other graded stakes-winning fillies.
Bert, Elaine and Richard Klein’s Miz Ida will be seeking her fourth straight stakes victory in the Mrs. Revere. In her most recent start, she prevailed by a neck in a division of the Valley View (GIII) at Keeneland. Shaun Bridgmohan has been aboard the Steve Margolis-trained Miz Ida for all three of her stakes scores and will be in the irons Saturday when she breaks from post 11.
Team Block’s homebred Leading Astray finished third behind Miz Ida in the Valley View and will take another shot at that rival when she breaks from the rail in the Mrs. Revere under Eduardo Perez. Prior to the Valley View, the Chris Block-trained Leading Astray won the Pucker Up (GIII) on the grass at Arlington Park.
Exiting the other division of the Valley View are Colonial Flag and Volcat.
Skara Glen Stables, Will Farish and George Prussin’s Colonial Flag ran fifth as the 5-2 favorite in the Valley View. Prior to that effort, she came away victorious in the Ontario Colleen (GIII) under Joe Rocco Jr., who will be aboard the Michael Matz-trained filly when the two break from post nine.
Landaluce Educe Stables’ Volcat will enter the Mrs. Revere off a ninth-place finish in the Valley View. Trained by Ken McPeek, Volcat’s most-notable victory came in the Virginia Oaks (GIII) when she was ridden by Robby Albarado, who won the 2005 Mrs. Revere aboard My Typhooon-IRE. Albarado will be aboard again Saturday when Volcat breaks from post 10.
The remaining graded-stakes winner in the field is Caroline Forgason’s Somali Lemonade.
Prior to running fifth in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup, Somali Lemonade ran second behind Samitar-GB in the Garden City (GI) at Belmont Park. As a 2-year-old, the Matz-trained filly won the Jessamine (GIII) at Keeneland. She will break from post four Saturday under Corey Lanerie.
The field for the Mrs. Revere, from the rail out (with jockey and weight): Leading Astray (Perez, 118), Charged Cotton (Ricardo Santana Jr., 118), Peace Preserver (John Velazquez, 118), Somali Lemonade (Lanerie 118), Lateegra (Brian Hernandez Jr., 118), English Class (Leandro Goncalves, 118), Centre Court (Leparoux, 120), Solid Appeal (Kent Desormeaux, 118), Colonial Flag (Joe Rocco Jr.), Volcat (Albarado, 118), Miz Ida (Bridgmohan, 118) and Regalo Mia (Jesus Castanon, 118).
The race is named for Mrs. Revere, a four-time stakes winner at Churchill Downs for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott. Mrs. Revere was owned by the partnership of Dr. Hiram Polk and Dr. David Richardson and the two annually serve as trophy presenters for the stakes named after their prized filly.
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