With October passed halfway through, the curtain will fall on October 22 on the schedule of graduated turf stakes at the transplanted Belmont at the Big A meet.
Bucks and hens will each have the opportunity to secure the black guy on the turf with Saturday’s card featuring the $300,000 Hill Prince Stakes (G2T) for 3-year-olds and the $150,000 Noble Damsel Stakes (G3T) for 3-year-old fillies and mares. and up to.
The Hill Prince, at a distance of 1 1/8 miles above Aqueduct Racecoursedrew a group of 10 with the Grade 3 winner Great Sonata from trainer Todd Pletcher’s barn.
The son of the house of Medaglia d’Oro opened 2022 for Whisper Hill Farm with a pair of wins, including the Kitten’s Joy Stakes (G3T), but is winless in his last five starts. Fourth by a length in the Caesars Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes (G1T), the son of AP Indy mare AP Sonata finished second in the Big Ass Fans Dueling Grounds Derby (G3T) last time out.
Pletcher will also be represented by Repole Stable’s Be better a Uncle Mo homebred makes its turf debut.
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Coach Shug McGaughey will send an interesting duo into Limited Liability and celestial city both born at home and owned by Stuart S. Janney III.
Limited liability grade 2, a son of The joy of the kitten was a troubled third in the New Kent County Virginia Derby (G3T) after finishing seventh while running wide in the Belmont Derby.
“It was a bit of a shame. I was pointing him for that run, so it’s a shame he made the trip he did,” McGaughey said of the Virginia Derby. “He seems fine and he’s fine, so we’ll see what happens here.”
Celestial City, a colt of Uncle Mo, won an allocation race on September 24 at the Big A after finishing second in the Saranac Stakes (G3T) and second in the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes (G2T), both at Saratoga Racetrack.
Klaravich Stables will follow up his fifth Hill Prince win and trainer Chad Brown his fourth with Unanimous consent who finished fourth in the Virginia Derby.
Brown will also send a newcomer to his barn at ERJ Racing, Madaket Stables and Dave Kenney’s Mackinnon who finished third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1T) last year for trainer Doug O’Neill.
Plum Ali leads the group of 5 in Noble Damsel
4 year old child Plum Ali will look for her first split win since her 2-year campaign when she tops a field of five in the Noble Damsel mile on the indoor grass course.
Owned by Michael Dubb, Madaket Stables and Michael Caruso, the $787,042 winner posts a 5-3-1 record in 16 starts for coach Christophe Clement, but hasn’t picked up a progressive play win since the Miss Grillo Stakes 2020 (G2T).
A daughter of First Samurai Bred by Stone Farm, Plum Ali comes out of second place in the All Along Stakes and Fasig-Tipton De La Rose Stakes.
Clément, five-time winner of the Noble Damsel, also participated in the Blue Devil Racing team Messidor a Vadamos filly who is looking for her first win since moving from Europe to the United States in 2021. She has won three of her last five starts, with all wins coming in allocation races.
Inputs: Noble Demoiselle S. (G3T)
Belmont at the Big A, Saturday October 22, 2022, Race 3
- Class IIIT
- Fillies and mares 3 years and over
- 1:42 p.m. (local time)
Inputs: Hill Prince S. (G2T)
Belmont at the Big A, Saturday October 22, 2022, Race 7
- IIT grade
- 1 1/8m
- 3 years
- 3:48 p.m. (local time)