Belle Gallantey Trying to Return to Winning Form in $100,000 Ladies Handicap
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Fri 30/01/2015 - 17:43 EST
On Saturday at Aqueduct, the featured race is the 144th edition of the $100,000 Ladies Handicap. As the name may suggest, the race is restricted to fillies and mares and will be a mile and an eighth over the inner track.
Topping the field of five contenders at morning line odds of 7-5 is Belle Gallantey for trainer Rudy Rodriguez. A six-year-old daughter of After Market, she won a pair of Grade 1 races last year before eventually finishing ninth in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1). She is trying to rebound after finishing fifth as the heavy favorite in her seasonal debut in the Affectionately Stakes on January 1. She will get a jockey change to Manuel Franco and break from post position two.
Well-bred Penwith going for first stakes win
Second choice at 2-1 on the morning line is Penwith, a regally-bred daughter of Bernardini trained by Kiaran McLaughlin. The four-year-old filly has won three of her ten career starts and was last seen finishing second, beaten a nose, in the Affectionately Stakes. She will be trying to earn the first stakes win of her career for Godolphin Racing. Fernando Jara will be back in the irons and they are scheduled to break from post position three.
Shayjolie training forwardly for second start of the year
Also in the field at morning line odds of 6-1 is Shayjolie for trainer Gary Contessa. Purchased for $150,000 as a yearling, the bay daughter of Indian Charlie has won two of her nine outings. She is another contender her coming out of the Affectionately Stakes where she was fourth. She has been training steadily since that race and will have regular rider Jose Ortiz aboard. They will break from the outside post.
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