Just a few days after the death of Juddmonte Farms owner Prince Khalid bin Abdullah, the legendary operation’s homebred Sun Path could shine in the $150,000 Silverbulletday Stakes Jan. 16 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
A qualifier on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks, the Silverbulletday will send nine 3-year-old fillies over a mile and 70 yards in pursuit of 17 points (10-4-2-1) to the top four finishers. No treatment of the diuretic Lasix is permitted.
Sun Path, a full sister to 2020 Twinspires.com Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) winner Bonnie South, has won her past two races by a combined 15 3/4 lengths. Second upon debut at Keeneland in October for trainer Brad Cox, she broke her maiden at Churchill Downs by three lengths in November, then won a Dec. 18 allowance by 12 3/4 lengths at Fair Grounds going the Silverbulletday distance.
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The lightly-raced daughter of Munnings worked four furlongs Jan. 9 in a bullet :47 4/5, following a Jan. 2 move at the same distance in :48 4/5. She drew the outside post and will have regular rider Florent Geroux in the irons.
“She worked well Saturday and we have to enter seven days out,” Cox said. “Her last race wasn’t super taxing on her and she’s had two nice works since, so we decided to run her back. Hopefully she can continue her progression to what we hope is the Kentucky Oaks. She drew outside but I think if we get a trip, she’ll be tough.”
Godolphin’s homebred Divine Comedy also starts for Cox barn after a solid Fair Grounds win. The daughter of Into Mischief was sixth sprinting at first asking at Churchill in September, but her two-turn debut Dec. 18 in New Orleans resulted in an easy 5 1/4-length maiden special weight score.
“The (extra) ground helped her more than anything,” Cox said. “She just kind of found herself on the lead doing all the work and she stayed on. We always thought she’d be better with distance and she was. She’ll need to step up in her third career start, but she’s had two good works since her last race and I think she’s ready to move forward.”
Live Oak Plantation’s Souper Sensational comes in off two wins over the synthetic Tapeta track at Woodbine—including the seven-furlong Glorious Song Stakes Oct. 17 by four lengths—and will make her dirt debut while heading around two turns for the first time. The Mark Casse-trained daughter of Curlin was a $725,000 purchase from Blake-Albina Thoroughbred Services’ consignment to The Saratoga Sale, Fasig-Tipton’s sale of select yearlings in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
“Based on how well she performs (in the Silverbulletday) will dictate her campaign after that,” assistant trainer David Carroll said of the rail-drawn filly. “We feel she can be special, it’s just a matter of at what distance and whether dirt will be part of that. The most important thing you hope for is talent, and she’s already shown that. She deserves to test the waters against really nice, 3-year-old fillies on the dirt.”
Joel Politi’s Littlestitious, Moon Swag for Brad King, Jim Cone, Scott Bryant, and Stan and Suzanne Kirby, Lothenbach Stables’ homebred Charlie’s Penny, Rigney Racing’s Minute Waltz, John Dewberry’s Princess Theorem, and Miacomet Farms and Michael Pietrangelo’s Barista complete the field.
Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, Saturday, January 16, 2021, Race 12
- 1m 70y
- 3 yo Fillies
- 5:20 PM (local)