Both stakes are for 3-year-olds, a fillies and an open division, and both will be run at 7 ½ furlongs on the turf. The Coady attracted a field of 9 fillies and the Startac attracted 10 colts and geldings,
The Jack and Jeff Coady (5th race)
The Dan McFarlane-trained Stormy Music is sure to attract attention due to her 4 ¾ length maiden win on the turf at this stakes distance. The $47,000 Keeneland Sales purchase for Barro Racing is well-bred for the grass being by Stormy Atlantic. Glenn Corbett, who was aboard for the maiden win, returns to the saddle. This filly has a closing kick.
The most seasoned of the entrants is the Kevin Eikleberry-trained Let Me Fly, in the money in six of eight outings with two victories and two runnerups in local stakes futurities. The daughter of multiple stakes winner Ez Dreamer will be making her first start on the grass.
A sleeper in this field may be the Robertino Diodoro-trained Dress Shopping, who impressed with her eight-length romp in her maiden debut at Canterbury Park. A subsequent stakes effort at that track was disappointing. The daughter of Cross Traffic, who has been out since September, returns with six workouts. Though this stakes will be her first go over the lawn, her dam the Irish bred Alluvial Gold by the Irish turf sire Danehill Dancer provides assurance she will take to the grass.
The Startac (8th Race)
If handicapping this race on just turf breeding, then the Clay Brinson-trained It’s a Boy would get the nod. On both the sire and dam’s side, this $15,000 Fasig Tipton sales purchase, is bred for the grass. His lone start and maiden win came on the turf at this distance.
If scoping this race out on sales purchase price, the Eikleberry-trained Prince Pierce, a $60,000 Keeneland Sales acquisition deserves a look. The son of Cairo Prince broke his maiden at first asking by 8 ½ lengths. He then black typed placed in a Prairie Meadows stakes. Prince Pierce returned to racing after a three month respite to finish third in Turf’s Lost in the Fog Stakes.
Students of Beyer figures will be drawn to Call Waiting, four for five in the money performances and progressively better Beyers, plus a victory in the $61,000 local Spring Futurity and two subsequent stakes placing in local stakes.