11/24/2011 1:09PM

Aqueduct: Captivating Lass steps up in Demoiselle


OZONE PARK, N.Y. − When Kiaran McLaughlin shipped Captivating Lass to Parx to make her debut, it wasn’t to avoid the stiffer competition in New York. He liked the fact he was able to start the big, leggy filly in a race around two turns and loved the idea of running for a $67,000 purse.

Captivating Lass, dueling outside of Lasamanamama, drew off to win by two lengths, finishing the mile-and-70-yard race in hand while recording a modest 62 Beyer.

Saturday, Captivating Lass makes her New York and stakes debut against nine more seasoned though not necessarily more accomplished 2-year-old fillies in the Grade 2, $200,000 Demoiselle Stakes at Aqueduct. The Demoiselle, run at 1 1/8 miles, is the first of four graded stakes to be run on a 10-race program that begins at noon.

Captivating Lass is by A.P. Indy out of the mare Folk, who five years ago won a maiden race by 10 1/4 lengths over Aqueduct’s main track. Folk went on to win the UAE Oaks in Dubai at 1 1/8 miles. Captivating Lass, who breaks from the rail, may be the best-bred filly in the race to handle the nine furlongs.

“She’s doing very well, but it’s a big step up from just breaking your maiden to a Grade 2,” McLaughlin said. “But she definitely wants the distance, and she is a graded stakes filly. We’re not expecting to be 2-1. We’re in tough.”

Disposablepleasure, trained by Todd Pletcher, was an 11-length maiden winner at Belmont on Oct. 6, when she ran solid early fractions and finished in hand as the 4-5 favorite. She is by 2005 Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo and should relish the 1 1/8 miles.

“She always trained like one that wanted to go a route of ground,” said Pletcher, who has won this race twice. “I think a mile and an eighth will suit her well.”

Trainer Christophe Clement sends out Lady Cohiba and Indyniable in the Demoiselle. Lady Cohiba, who is coupled with recent maiden winner Wee Party, trained by Bill Mott, is running back 10 days after winning the off-the-turf May Night Stakes, in which she defeated Lasamanamama by 3 1/2 lengths. Indyniable, a daughter of A.P. Indy, is coming off a maiden win going seven furlongs over Keeneland’s Polytrack.

Speaking of Lady Cohiba, assistant trainer Christophe Lorieul said, “I don’t think she beat much, but she did it just like a breeze. She’s coming back quickly, but the filly is good.”

Lorieul said Indyniable is more of a question because she has yet to race on dirt.


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