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La Appassionata Facing Seven Rivals in $400,000 Delta Downs Princess Stakes
On Saturday at Delta Downs, the track will host the $400,000 Delta Downs Princess Stakes. The Grade 3 event, won last year but juvenile champion Take Charge Brandi, will be contested at one mile and has drawn a field of seven two-year-old fillies.
La Appassionata has been tabbed as the morning line favorite at odds of 3-5 for trainer Steve Asmussen. A bay daughter of Bernardini, she is out of a graded stakes winning mare and is undefeated from two starts. After breaking her maiden in her debut, she came back to win the My Trusty Cat Stakes at Delta Downs last time out. Gerard Melancon will be aboard and they are scheduled to break from post position six.
Above Fashion trying for first stakes win
Second choice at morning line odds of 9-2 is Above Fashion for trainer Ron Faucheux. A bay filly from the first crop of Paddy O’Prado, she has been on the board in five of her six starts and is trying to earn her first black type victory. She was second behind La Appassionata in the My Trusty Cat Stakes last time out and will break from post position four under jockey Colby Hernandez.
Ambitious step up for maiden Learning Curve
Also in the field at morning line odds of 12-1 is Learning Curve who will be saddled by trainer Ron Moquett. A longshot, the dark bay daughter of Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver is still a maiden and has yet to hit the board from two starts. Shen has been fourth in both starts, one at Ellis and one at Keeneland. Robby Albarado will be aboard and they will break from post two.
The field is set for the 2019 Preakness Stakes, and looking at the 13 rivals on paper is enough to make any serious handicapper's mouth water. There's simply a ton of betting value here.
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