Privately purchased by Eric Fein after she was third behind Schoolyard Dreams – also owned by Fein – in an allowance at Tampa Bay Downs in January, 2010, the now 5-year-old daughter of Alex’s Pal went on to win at distances ranging from six furlongs to 1 1/8 miles. More recently, with an eye toward the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint, Fein and trainer Rick Dutrow, Jr. have been focusing on one-turn events and the results have been gratifying.
“She’s always been as honest as they come, but she’s shown that she’s a better sprinter than a two-turn horse; that’s been the key,” said Fein. “If things continue going well for her, we’d like to take her to Santa Anita for the Filly & Mare Sprint.”
The 8-5 morning-line favorite, C C’s Pal will carry high weight of 122 pounds, including Junior Alvarado, from post position 7.
Derwin’s Star, third in the My Juliet, will be making her Belmont Park debut as she seeks her first graded stakes victory. Trained by Steve Klesaris, who claimed her for $10,000 in 2009 and who now co-owns the 5-year-old Wildcat Heir mare with Marcia Cohen, Derwin’s Star has one win in four starts over the past year, taking a starter handicap at Aqueduct on April 22 prior to the My Juliet.
Ramon Dominguez rides Derwin’s Star, who carries 114 pounds as the 3-1 second choice on the morning line from post position 4.
Like C C’s Pal, Island Bound will be going after her second straight graded stakes victory, having charged from far back to take the Grade 3 Winning Colors at Churchill Downs on June 2. After closing out 2011 running for $30,000 tags at Gulfstream Park and Churchill, the Speightstown mare launched her 5-year-old campaign with a six-length allowance score at Tampa Bay Downs, and subsequently was runner-up in overnight stakes at Tampa, Parx Racing and Charles Town in addition to an optional claiming win at Tampa.
“She certainly has gotten good,” said Ian Wilkes, who trains Island Bound for Robert Manfuso. “She showed some talent early on, but then hurt herself when she was two. When she came back she was a little disappointing, but this year she’s matured
and stepped up to the plate.”
Leandro Goncalves will ride Island Bound, the 7-2 third choice on the morning line under 118 pounds, from post position 2.
Twice the Lady, claimed from Dale Romans for $62,500 three starts back, will be making her stakes debut for trainer Anthony Dutrow and owner Michael Dubb on Sunday. The 4-year-old Quiet American filly finished second in an optional claimer at the Big A in her first start for her new connections and was a six-length winner going a mile at Penn National on May 30 last time out.
“We know that she’s not going to be one of the favorites,” said Dutrow, “but we have a very, very happy horse right now who thinks that she’s the best thing that’s happened to horse racing. We’d like to take advantage of that frame of mind, and we’re hoping something good will happen.”
At 12-1 on the morning line, Twice the Lady will carry 114 pounds, including Javier Castellano, as she leaves from post position 2.
Completing the field, from the rail out, are Catch a Thief, third in the Grade 3 DuPont Distaff last time out; Honchis’n Ponchis, coming off a three-month freshening following three straight runner-up finishes in stakes, and Catinatree, a 7 ¼-length optional claiming winner in her first start for new trainer Mike Hushion on June 3.