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Thursday, April 30, 2009


FIVE FILLIES TRY BELMONT FOR THE FIRST TIME IN NASSAU COUNTY


It’s the first graded race for 3-year-old fillies at Belmont Park and, fittingly, all five starters will try the track for the very first time in the 14th running of the Grade 3, $200,000 Nassau County Saturday at seven furlongs over the dirt.

Darley Stable’s New York-based Flashing will try for her first black-type win for trainer Tom Albertrani. Coming off back-to-back wins in allowance company going longer, the daughter of A.P. Indy will sprint for the first time since she broke her maiden at Aqueduct in November.


“We’re cutting back in distance,” Albertrani said. “She has enough speed where she can handle [sprinting], but I think for the long term, she’ll better suited going much longer. She’s pretty versatile and she’s been training extremely well, so I believe she could be competitive here as well.”

Albertrani said he pointed the filly to the Nassau County to set her up for a possible run in the Grade 1 Mother Goose at Belmont on June 27 or the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks on July 25. With regular jockey Ramon Dominguez out of town riding Desert Party in the Kentucky Derby, Javier Castellano has the mount breaking from the rail.

Going for her second graded-stakes win is Lael Stables’ Frolic’s Dream, who has been off since a third-place finish in the Grade 3 Davona Dale stakes at Gulfstream Park on March 1. That effort was her first start for new trainer Barclay Tagg – previously trained by Marty Wolfson, she won the Grade 2 Forward Gal Stakes, also at Gulfstream, on January 30.

Frolic’s Dream has never finished out the money in six lifetime starts and is two-for-two going seven furlongs.

Coming off two impressive wins is Cam Allard’s Saarlight, a daughter of Saarland conditioned by Kiaran McLaughlin. After running second in a maiden sprint over the inner track at Aqueduct in early February, the filly came back to win the Wide Country Stakes at Laurel by a length. Returning to Aqueduct for her third start, she drew off under mild urging and soundly defeated four rivals in an April 8 allowance race going six and a half furlongs over the main track.

“She’s a really nice filly,” McLaughlin said. “She’s training very well, she won her last two really impressively and we’re looking forward to running her in a graded stake. We think she has a big chance and we’re excited to see how she does.”

Rounding out the field are two Maryland invaders trained by Steve Klesaris – TYB Stable’s Haley’s Lolipop and Puglisi Racing’s Maryville.

Both fillies bring different styles to the race, but Klesaris said he entered them for the same reason: “Graded stake, good money, good, good field.”

Haley’s Lolipop has two wins and two thirds from six lifetime starts and comes off a fourth-place finish after a wide trip in the HookedontheFeelin Stakes over the turf course at Pimlico on April 18.

“She’s a good closer and I think seven-eighths will be a prime distance for her,” Klesaris said. “She’ll be finishing and I’m anxious to race her in a short field without a lot of traffic troubles.”

Maryville has never been out the money in three lifetime starts and got caught at the finish in her last race by an already stakes-placed filly, Simplify, in a six-furlong allowance race at Fair Grounds February 28.

“She’s a very nice filly,” Klesaris said. “After she got nipped at the finish in her first start on turf she came and had a very impressive win on the dirt. She’s a quality filly and I thought it was worth a shot.”

Both horses will ship in from the Fair Hill training center tomorrow afternoon.

The field for Saturday’s Grade 3 Nassau County:

PP. HORSE TRAINER JOCKEY WGT.
1. Flashing Tom Albertrani Javier Castellano 118
2. Frolic’s Dream Barclay Tagg Rajiv Maragh 122
3. Saarlight Kiaran McLaughlin Raymundo Fuentes 118
4. Haley’s Lolipop Steve Klesaris Cornelio Velasquez 116
5. Maryville Steve Klesaris Jose Lezcano 116


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