November 22, 2020/ 6:28 p.m.
Seven 2-year-old fillies will go one mile and one-sixteenth in this $125,000 Grade III Stakes event on the all-weather track. Four of the seven competitors have gone this distance previously.
1 II Malocchio (4/1)all-weather track for the first time after three races on the turf. Won the last time out. Stretching out to the current distance for the first time. Training well for Mark Casse. Casse and Rafael Hernandez have won 30% of the races together. Closer.
#2 Sleek Lynx (8/1) is trying the all-weather track for the first time after three races on the turf. Won the last time out. Stretching out to the current distance for the first time. Training well for Mark Casse. Casse and Rafael Hernandez have won 30% of the races together. Closer.
#3 Do You Love Me (12/1) has hit the board in all three of her previous outings, breaking the maiden tag the last time out in a mile affair - passing five horses in the stretch drive. Lost by a neck in each of her first two meets. A daughter of English Channel, Do You Love Me -- coming up from Presque Downs -- had a nice workout the last time out. Fast closer.
#4 Batyah (4/1) is also making her debut at Woodbine, coming from Keeneland, and is coming off the turf for the first time Trainer H. Graham Motion has had decent success with horses coming off a 31-60 day layoff as going from turf to the all-weather track.
#5 Army Wife (12/1) earned her first career win in her first dirt race the last time out as she rallied following a bobbled start in an $85K special weight event. Stretching out from seven furlongs in the last race though shed does have experience at this distance, finishing third on the grass in her initial start. Trainer Mike Maker’s horses have a 21% win rate when going from sprint/route and owning a 21% win rate when the horse is coming off a victory. Maker’s horses also run well at this distance and on this surface.
#6 Designer Ready (5/1) overcame a slow start to win by two and one-half lengths in a mile and one-sixteenth turf special weight event. The daughter of Tapit, who was purchased for $150k at the yearling sale in 2019, has been training extremely well recently which includes going four-furlongs in 47 seconds in her last workout. Trainer Barbara Minshall has been successful with 2-year-olds (22%) on this surface and distance (21%) as well as when coming off 31-60 day layoff (25%).
#7 Souper Sensational (1/1) has been outstanding her previous two races winning each of her starts by at least two lengths which includes taking the Glorious Song Stakes by four lengths in her last outing. Stretching out to this distance for the first time but has been training well for Casse. Stalker who will likely be in the top flight of horse.
Projected order of finish: 1. Souper Sensational 2. II Malocchio 3. Do You Love Me 4. Army Wife 5. Designer Ready 6. Sleek Lynx 7. Batayah