Thursday, March 29 2012
Awesome Maria Odds-On for Rampart Defense
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - E. Paul Robsham’s 5-year-old homebred mare Awesome Maria, winner of five straight graded stakes for trainer Todd Pletcher going back to early last year, will be an odds-on favorite to make it six in a row with regular rider John Velazquez aboard in a field of six fillies and mare drawn for Saturday’s $100,000 Rampart Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park, a 1 1/8 miles race she won last year by eight lengths.
A roan/gray daughter of Maria’s Mon, Awesome Maria swept to consecutive victories in the Sabin Stakes (G3) and Rampart Stakes here early in the year and then added tallies in the Shuvee Handicap (G2) in May and Ogden Phipps Handicap (G1) at Belmont Park in mid-June before going to the sidelines for the second half of the campaign.
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