A competitive field of multiple stakes winners will assemble for the $65,000 Alysheba Stakes when live racing resumes Friday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.

Encaustic, winner of the $125,000 Mountaineer Mile last out, is rated as the 5-2 morning line favorite from post nine in the 1 1/16-miles Alysheba Stakes. The Mark Shuman trainee has hit the board in nine of 13 starts this season with three victories, including the $75,00 Labor Day at Mountaineer. He was third, beaten only a half-length, in the $70,000 Formal Gold Stakes on Sept. 19 at Monmouth Park. Lifetime, the 5-year-old son of Broad Brush has won seven of 37 starts and $463,385.

The field also includes Kevin Sleeter's homebred Talkin About Love, the lone mare in the nine-horse field. Talkin About Love posted back-to-back stakes wins in September, winning the $85,000 Revidere Stakes over a sloppy track at Monmouth and the $125,000 Maryland Million Ladies in her turf debut at Laurel. She was never a contender in her last start, the Grade 3 Violet Stakes at the Meadowlands.

Sleeter bred, owns and trains the 5-year-old daughter of Not for Love-She's Jane, by Northern Idol. She will break from post four in the Alysheba with Stewart Elliott aboard. Talkin About Love has won nine of 29 career starts and $714,353.

At The Disco, winner of the Bernie Dowd and Lincroft at Monmouth this season, is also among the competitors. The 5-year-old grey makes his first start for trainer Mary Hartmann since finishing sixth after making an early bid in the Grade 3 Cliff Hanger on Oct. 30.

The field for the $65,000 Alysheba Stakes:

Hd, Post, Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer, Odds

1, 4, Ea, Ramon Dominguez, 118, Thomas Albertrani, 3/1
1A, 7, National Pride, Gabriel Saez, 118, Kiaran P McLaughlin, 3/1
2, 1, Ready Or Not, Peter Sosa Jr., 118, Brandon Kulp, 15/1
3, 2, Racketeer, Cornelio Velasquez, 118, Peter Levine, 9/2
4, 3, Talkin About Love, Stewart Elliott, 120, Kevin Sleeter, 12/1
5, 5, At the Disco, Daniel Centeno, 120, Mary Hartmann, 8/1
6, 6, Broadway Producer, Eddie Castro, 118, John Terranova II, 5/1
7, 8, Dubai Gold, Jose Lezcano, 118, Jason Servis, 5/1
8, 9, Encaustic, Channing Hill, 123, Mark Shuman, 5/2


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