Wild Promises is a 9-to-5 favorite on the morning line to capture the Miss America, a 1 1/8-mile turf race for fillies and mares. Wild Promises will break from post position four and be ridden by David Lopez.
Trained by Greg Gilchrist, Wild Promises recorded her first stakes victory last May on the turf at Bay Meadows when she won the Mother's Day Handicap by a neck over Unspoken Word. She followed up that triumph with a front-running victory in the Yerba Buena Stakes on the Golden Gate Fields turf and then ran away to a six-length score in the Luther Burbank Handicap on the Santa Rosa turf.
Wild Promises, a very consistent Florida-bred daughter of Wild Event, has finished in the money in every one of her races. In 14 career starts, the 4-year-old filly has amassed eight wins, five seconds and a third and $266,950 in earnings. Wild Promises is owned by the estate of Harry J. Aleo.
The second choice on the Miss America morning line is Lavender Sky, an invader from Santa Anita who is listed at 2-to-1. Trained by Dan Hendricks, Lavender Sky raced competitively in graded stakes in Southern California earlier this year and figures to be a factor based on her back class.
Lavender Sky finished a close third (beaten a neck for the win) in the Grade 2 Santa Ana Handicap and ran second (beaten 1 1/2 lengths) in the Grade 2 San Gorgonio Handicap. Both of those races were run at the Miss America distance of 1 1/8-miles.
The field for the Miss America, in post position order, is as follows: Elle Pickle, Catalino Martinez rides, 20-to-1; Lavender Sky, Alex Solis, 2-to-1; In My Glory, Luis Martinez, 12-to-1; Wild Promises, Lopez, 9-to-5; You Lift Me Up, Frank Alvarado, 10-to-1; Ainamaa, Victor Espinoza, 7-to-2; She's Sensational, Kyle Kaenel, 15-to-1; Comedy Girl, William Antongeorgi, 20-to-1; and Andover The Cash, Roberto Gonzalez, 20-to-1.
Post time for Saturday's 10-race card is 12:45 p.m. The Miss America is the eighth event on the program and is scheduled to be run at 4:15 p.m.