Friday, November 11, 2011

Churchill Downs – Mrs. Revere Stakes

Fillies on the Turf

The feature race on Saturday at Churchill Downs is the 21st running of the Grade 2 Mrs. Revere stakes. The turf race drew a field of twelve led by morning line favorite Marketing Mix.

Marketing Mix, for trainer Tom Proctor, drops out of a second place finish to Together in the Grade 1 QEII Cup at Keeneland. In the QEII Cup, Marketing Mix tracked the early pace and made good run, but could not hold off the late charge of the Euro-filly Together.

Marketing Mix was three lengths clear of the third place filly and is the one to beat on Saturday.

Hungry Island is another filly dropping out of a Grade 1 having run in the Garden City at Belmont Park. Hungry Island was fourth that day behind top fillies Winter Memories, Theyskens’ Theory and More Than Real.

Prior to the Garden City, Hungry Island won four straight races in New York, including the Grade 2 Lake Placid at Saratoga.

Louvakhova is an interesting filly making her second start in the U.S. for trainer Marty Wolfson. Louvakhova was uber-impressive in her debut taking a $69,000 turf stakes at Calder by four lengths. Her comment line “drifted out badly stretch” doesn’t do the run justice. A better line would have been, “stalked, when asked drew off.”

Bizzy Caroline and Smart Sting should take wagering action and run for top connections. Bizzy Caroline exits a second place finish as the favorite in the Grade 3 Valley View at Keeneland, which was her first race off a two-month layoff. Bizzy Caroline is two-for-two over the Churchill lawn including a victory in the Grade 3 Regret in June.

Smart Sting is coming off a short layoff for trainer Roger Attfield and must be taken seriously based on the runs of Woodbine horses in the Breeders’ Cup. Smart Sting won the Grade 3 Selene on the synthetic main track at Woodbine in her last, but was second in a Grade 3 prior to that.

Another filly coming down from Woodbine in New Normal, who has not run since winning a $100,000 stakes race at Woodbine in June. Last year New Normal won the Grade 3 Natalma at Woodbine and was eighth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.

Completing the field are long shots Groupie Doll, Holidaysatthefarm, Sea Level Drive, Don’t Tell Sophia, Trac N Jam and Tourmaline.

Post time for the Mrs. Revere is 4:37 ET and is the third leg of the late pick-4

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