A contest for non-winners of a stakes is often a handicapping jumble and this edition is a prime example.
Chris Grove will counter with Touch the Birds (9-2), a three-time winner. All three of her victories were at Laurel but the Dance With Ravens offspring started twice at Pimlico last spring, resulting in a second and a third. Julian Pimentel is her rider.
Mary Eppler will saddle two runners in the Shine Again, Heaven’s Voice (5-1) and Brave as a Lion (8-1). Eppler claimed Heaven’s Voice for $12,500 and picked up a win and a fourth place finish in the Conniver Stakes with her next two starts. The conditioner claimed Brave as a Lion for $15,000 last fall and has two wins in three starts from the Lion Hearted offspring.
Dane Kobiskie also named two runners to Saturday’s feature, All About Her (6-1) and Daydreamin Gracie (15-1).
All About Her has finished on the board in all six starts this year, including an allowance victory at Laurel March 1. The daughter of Purge has finished 1-2-3 in 18 of her 20 career starts.
“All About Her is the type of horse who seems to have more in the tank if she needs it,” Kobiskie said. “If she has to put out more, she does. She finishes first or second a lot, because she does hang sometimes.”
Kobiskie claimed Daydreamin Gracie from Vincent Moscarelli two weeks ago.
“The filly is almost training too good to not run”, “added Kobiskie, who topped the standings at the recently completed Laurel Park winter meet
Alberto Delgado is named to ride both Kobiskie runners.
Sneaky Lil (6-1) was claimed from the Kobiskie barn in her most recent start for $7,500 by Jamie Ness. Abel Castellano get his first try on the Louis Quatorze filly.
Lily Quatorze (6-1), who finished fifth in this race a year ago as the betting favorite, has not hit the board since finishing second in the Squan Song Stakes in November. Mario Pino rides for trainer Taryn Tagg.
Wild Kay (8-1) has a win and two thirds since arriving in the barn of Kieron Magee. The daughter of Lion Hearted finished third behind Heaven’s Voice in her most recent start. Ricardo Chiappe has the mount.