by Michael Dubb Battle Bling and John Grossi’s Racing Corp. Beauty maiden who finished penultimate and third-last place respectively in the Heavenly Prize Invitational Stakes on March 6, will meet once again in the $ 100,000 Top Flight Invitational Stakes on April 10 for older fillies and mares traveling nine stages on the main runway to Hippodrome of the aqueduct.
Trained by Rob Atras, Battle Bling proved to be a skillful takeover by Dubb, who claimed her for $ 62,500 over a runner-up in an optional indemnity claim race on December 19 for former balm Danny Gargan. at the Aqueduct. The daughter of Vancouver was a determined winner on her first start to new connections, taking the nine-stage Ladies at the Big A on January 16 for a neck over Miss Leslie after falling 3 1/2 lengths at the half-mile finish.
“The day we claimed her, she ran a really important race. We named her to the Ladies (Stakes) and we weren’t exactly sure we were going to join a stock company,” Atras said. “We looked at the nominations and she seemed to fit in, so we wanted to try.”
Dark Bay has been a constant contender throughout its three racing seasons, earning three wins and six more on the board from 14 lifelong starts. He broke his maiden in third place by asking the Indiana Grand and has shown versatility ever since, hitting the board in racing on sloppy and sealed, good and sealed, and all-season surfaces.
A $ 110,000 purchase at Keeneland’s September 2019 annual sales, Battle Bling was bred in Kentucky by Royal Oak Farm and Edwyn Kiely.
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Trevor McCarthy has the call again from post 5.
Maiden Beauty, trained by Robert Falcone Jr., has been a model of consistency since she was claimed for $ 45,000 on a runner-up effort that did a seven-stage sprint in an optional allowance claim competition at Belmont Park in June.
The 6-year-old boy Revolutionary mare showed her talent early on, debuting and breaking her first time at Lynbrook Stakes in Belmont in July 2018. She has won or finished in the money in 5 out of 6 starts since she was claimed by John Grossi’s Racing Corp. , including a Bay Ridge Stakes triumph of nine furlongs against state-run mates at the Big A in December for a sloppy, sealed gait.
Her victory at Bay Ridge came in just 11 days off after she was a determined winner for a neck on Battle Bling in an optional one-mile contender on December 19. Maiden Beauty was an easy winner despite the short rest, earning the second bet 3 3/4 lengths over the returning rival Ice Princess .
“She was ready to race and we tried to put her in another pole and she didn’t go, but I don’t mind the extra time between races,” said Falcone Jr. “The only time I took her back quickly is Been to Bay Ridge. But we gave her a lot of time later and she’s a very determined horse. “
Maiden Beauty’s most recent work was a half-mile breeze in: 49.27 seconds on the Belmont dirt training track on April 3.
Falcone said he welcomes another fight with Battle Bling.
“I think it’s cool. I always like it when the same horses run against each other and you look back at the form and see horses that have beaten each other before,” Falcone said. “It makes it fun and you don’t see it that much anymore. They both try every time.”
Maiden Beauty will emerge from post 2 with regular rider Kendrick Carmouche.
Looking to regain her winning form are Flying P Stable, RA Hill Stable and Ice Princess, bred in New York by coach Danny Gargan. He had a quartet of efforts on the scoreboard dating back to second place at the John Hettinger Stakes in Belmont in October.
A daughter of Malice of the palace , Ice Princess was a Belmont debut winner in September 2019 and won the Maddie May Stakes against the state races two starts later in her second stakes-level start. She achieved a classified finish when she is second in the 2020 Comely Stakes (G3) at Big A.
Dylan Davis receives the call from the outermost station 6.
By completing the field they are four times winners Exotic West for the coach Gary Sciacca; Frost point , making his raffle debut for Hall of Fame manager Bill Mott; and runner-up Royal Delta Stakes (G3). Towards the disappearance for coach Jonathan Thomas.
The Top Flight Invitational is scheduled as Race 8 on Sunday’s nine-race card. The first post is at 1:20 pm ET.
Entries: Top Flight Invitational S.
Ippodromo dell’Acquedotto, Sunday 10 April 2022, Race 8
- 1 1/8 m
- $ 100,000
- 4 years and over fillies and mares
- 17:01 (local)