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Stakes Winners Abound Among Star de Naskra Nominations
One of Four $75,000 Stakes on Maryland Pride Day, Aug. 21
Street Lute, Edie Meeny Miny Mo Top Nominees to Miss Disco
LAUREL, MD – Multiple stakes winner Jaxon Traveler, stakes winners Alwaysinahurry and Shackled Love and graded-stakes placed Hemp head a list of 16 horses nominated to the $75,000 Star de Naskra Saturday, Aug. 21 at historic Pimlico Race Course.
The Star de Naskra for 3-year-olds is among four $75,000 stakes restricted to Maryland-bred/sired horses on the Maryland Pride Day program, joined by the Miss Disco for 3-year-old fillies, also sprinting six furlongs, 1 1/16-mile Find for 3-year-olds and up and 1 1/16-mile All Brandy for fillies and mares 3 and older, both on the grass.
West Point Thoroughbreds and Marvin Delfiner’s Jaxon Traveler was a 10-length debut winner last September at Pimlico and capped an undefeated 2-year-old season by defeating state-breds in the Maryland Juvenile Futurity at Laurel Park. Winner of the April 24 Bachelor at Oaklawn Park, he was second to stablemate Mighty Mischief in the Chick Lang (G3) May 15 at Pimlico and made his two most recent starts on synthetic and grass, running third in the July 15 Quick Call (G3) at Saratoga.
Dale Capuano trains Mopo Racing’s Alwaysinahurry, who emerged from multiple stakes-winning stablemate Kenny Had a Notion’s shadow with a commanding victory over Mighty Mischief in the July 4 Concern at Pimlico. Kenny Had a Notion, also nominated, was entered at Pimlico Sunday.
ZWP Stable, Inc. and Non Stop Stable’s Shackled Love won the 1 1/16-mile Private Terms March 13 at Laurel but has finished sixth in three subsequent starts, the Federico Tesio, Chick Lang and Bald Eagle Derby, the latter 1 ½ miles on the Pimlico turf July 24. Narrow Leaf Farm’s Hemp ran third in the Chick Lang and exits a runner-up finish after setting the pace July 2 at Charles Town.
Six-time stakes winner Street Lute and Grade 3-placed Edie Meeny Miny Mo are prominent among 15 nominees to the Miss Disco. Lucky 7 Stables’ Street Lute won five straight stakes last fall and winter at Laurel and captured an off-the-turf Stormy Blues June 13 at Pimlico. Most recently she finished sixth, beaten 2 ½ lengths, in her first try on dirt and against older horses in the 5 ½-furlogn M. Tyson Gilpin July 19 at Colonial Downs.
Holly Hill Stables’ Edie Meeny Miny Mo is undefeated at Pimlico, capturing an April 23 waiver maiden claimer by 4 ½ lengths and romping by six in a June 13 optional claiming allowance, her first two career starts. Last out, the Miguel Vera trainee ran second as the favorite after setting the pace in the July 31 Monmouth Oaks (G3) at Monmouth Park.
Most popular among horsemen was the Find, whose 29 nominees include 2019 Maryland Million Turf winner Mr. d’Angelo; 2020 Maryland Million Starter Handicap winner Beltway Bob; Cannon’s Roar, second in the 2020 Maryland Million Turf and third in the West Virginia Speaker’s Cup Aug. 7 at Mountaineer Park; and dirt stakes winenrs Air Token, Alwaysmining and Cordmaker.
The All Brandy attracted 27 nominations led by Danger Zone, 2-2-1 in seven starts since being moved to the turf this winter at Fair Grounds; Dendrobia and Quiet Company, respectively second and third in the five-furlong Jameela July 4 at Pimlico; Fool Yourself, a winner of two straight for Preakness Meet leading trainer Claudio Gonzalez; and Artful Splatter, a multiple stakes winner on dirt.