Since being claimed for $50,000 last year at Churchill Downs, the Kentucky-bred conditioned by Martin Wolfson has been stakes placed but has yet to notch a victory in nine outings. In her most recent, she ran second, beaten a head in the six-furlong $101,000 Regret Stakes at Monmouth Park on July 31. Previously, she finished third in the six-furlong $76,000 Blue Sparkler at Monmouth Park on June 26. She has a career record of five wins, six seconds and five thirds from 22 starts, with earnings of $282,739.
Trainer McLean Robertson has entered a pair of locals who are capable of posting the upset.
Jer-Mar Stable’s Class E Holiday will be stepping into stakes company for the first time after posting three consecutive victories versus allowance competition at Delaware Park. The 3-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Harlan’s Holiday has a career record of five wins and three thirds from 10 starts, with earnings of $108,620.
“Class E Holiday has just run so well in her races at Delaware Park, so it makes sense,” said Robertson. “You hate running a 3-year-old against older horses, but she really likes the track being for 4-for-5 at Delaware Park. She won pretty easy her last couple of times, so we got to give her a shot. You know if the speed hooks up early and my girl comes running late, you never know, we may be able to get her graded stakes placed.”
Joseph Novogratz’s Mindy Sue will be making her second start of the year after shipping to Canterbury Park in Minnesota and posting a ¾-length in a $35,000 stake on July 31. Last year, the 5-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Pleasantly Perfect finished third in the Endine Stakes. She has a career record of six wins, three seconds and three thirds from 14 starts, with earnings of $207,628.
“It just depends on how much the trip in her last race took out of her,” Robertson said. “I could not find a race I liked for her, so I ended up having to ship half way across the country to get a prep. She ran good and got into trouble and still was able to win. It is just hard to say if she will move forward after such a long trip and then a long trip back. She is a quality sprinter and that is why she is in the race, but if she does not run well, I would understand.”
Robertson knows this could be a tough spot for his filly and his mare, but he also knows he has an advantage in racing in his own backyard.
“There are three or four horses in this race that may have a little more talent then my fillies, but both of my fillies are in good form, they both like Delaware Park and they are both based here, so obviously we want to run and give it shot,” he said. “I think my two are as good as the local horses, and sometimes it can be tough for those Monmouth-type horses to ship in and run over a deeper track.”