Thursday, February 05, 2009
Scolara the One to Beat in Marion County Sunday
Haras Santa Maria de Araras’s 4-year-old Florida homebred filly Scolara looks like the class and the horse to beat in a field of nine Florida-bred fillies and mares entered in Sunday’s $75,000 Marion County Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
Jockey Kent Desormeaux gets the call on Scolara for trainer Bill Mott in the one mile turf test as she makes her first start since a game second by a head in the Pago Hop Stakes over the Fair Grounds course on Dec. 2. The daughter of Quiet American boasts an 8-2-3-2 record on turf and finished a strong third in the Mrs. Revere Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 8 prior to the Pago Hop.
N.T.S. Stable’s 6-year-old mare Annabill deserves respect with her 17 victories in 40 career starts and earnings of $630,000, although most coming from main-track stakes. Jockey Rene Douglas is named on the daughter of Outflanker as she returns home to South Florida after an even fifth-place finish in the $500,000 Sunshine Millions Distaff run on the ‘Pro-Ride’ surface at Santa Anita on Jan. 25.
Veteran trainer Milt Wolfson claimed Annabill early in her career for $25,000. She has made only four starts on turf with mixed results, most recently finishing third in an overnight stakes at Calder in late September. She shows one turf victory and ran well enough when fifth in the Turf Distaff at Tampa Bay Downs in early April last year.
Completing the field for the Marion County are Glen Hill Farm’s Tremendous One, Paco Lopez; Vicki and Bill Poston’s My Kim, Elvis Trujillo; J D Farm’s Ashley River, John R. Velazquez; Jayeff B Stables’ You Asked, C.H. Marquez, Jr.; Richlyn Farm’s Pay Wright, Eibar Coa; and Hidden Brook’s Quiet Meadow, Jose Lezcano.
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