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Ten Fillies Line Up For Saturday's Gin Talking Stakes
LAUREL, MD. 11-23-12---The Dutrow brothers grew up in Maryland and Saturday afternoon Tony and Rick will ship the likely favorites into Laurel Park for the $100,000 Gin Talking Stakes. The 7-furlong test drew ten 2-year-old fillies.
Tony Dutrow sends Disco Barbie, the 5-2 morning line favorite, down to central Maryland from Parx Racing. The daughter of Pure Prize has shown a strong finishing punch in all three of her starts including a maiden win and a third place finish in the Xtra Heat Stakes at Delaware Park in which she was boxed out but then five wide and gaining at the finish. Sheldon Russell has the riding assignment.
Rick Dutrow counters with Thicker Than Water (3-1) from his powerful Aqueduct barn. The Speightstown filly was a dominant maiden winner at Belmont Park in her last start and has worked three times since the victory. Erick Rodriguez will be aboard for the first time.
Ek Haseena (7-2) was 64-1 when she brushed with and was bumped by the winner to narrowly miss by a nose in the Smart Halo Stakes earlier this month. Frannie Campitelli trains the Songandaprayer filly, who is 1-of-4 lifetime. Kevin Navarro has the mount for the second consecutive race.
“We don’t know why it took her so long to run well,” Campitelli said. “I can’t say that effort was a complete shock. I always thought she was capable. We had trouble separating her and Mystic Love (recent Selima Stakes winner) when they trained together. Hopefully she’ll come back and have another big effort.”
Flattering Bea (10-1) is the only stakes winner in the field, capturing the Ms Shenandoah Stakes at Charles Town in September. The Crystal Pickett trainee bobbled at the start in the Smart Halo before rallying for a fourth place finish. Alberto Delgado has riding assignment on the daughter of Flatter.
Circleofinfluence (12-1) comes into the Gin Talking off a driving victory here Oct. 12 on the grass at 5-1/2 furlongs. Ignacio Correas trains the Sagamore Farm-based filly. Abel Castellano is her rider.
“I brought her down here to breeze earlier this month (Nov. 10) and she seemed to like it,” Correas said. “The added distance certainly should be to her liking.”
Completing the field will be She’s All Scat (8-1), Joy (10-1), Dappled Image (15-1), Jubileebra (15-1) and Lea’s Exchange (30-1).
About Laurel Park
Laurel Park is a Stronach Group company, North America’s leading Thoroughbred racetrack owner/operator. The Stronach Group racetracks include Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness. The company owns and operates the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida and is one of North America's top race horse breeders through its award-winning Adena Springs operation. The Stronach Group is one of the world's largest suppliers of pari-mutuel wagering systems, technologies and services. Its companies include AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology; Xpressbet, an Internet and telephone account wagering service; and Monarch Content Management, which acts as a simulcast purchase and sales agent of horseracing content for numerous North American racetracks and wagering outlets. The Stronach Group is also a major producer of televised horse racing programming through its HRTV cable and satellite network and is North America's premier supplier of virtual online horse racing games, as well as a leading producer of social media content for the horseracing industry.