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Aqueduct: Mott hopes Demoiselle history repeats with Emollient
OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Five years ago, trainer Bill Mott won the Grade 2 Demoiselle Stakes with a daughter of Empire Maker stretching out to 1 1/8 miles in her third career start coming off a maiden win around one turn.
Saturday, Emollient, a daughter of Empire Maker, will try to duplicate what Mushka did in 2007 when she runs in the Grade 2, $250,000 Demoiselle for juvenile fillies at Aqueduct.
Emollient, a Juddmonte Farms homebred daughter of Empire Maker, won a seven-furlong maiden race by 2 3/4 lengths at Belmont on Sept. 30.
Emollient was entered but scratched from the Grade 3 Tempted on Nov. 4 because, according to assistant trainer Leanna Willaford, she had gotten loose two days before the race and suffered an abrasion on a hind ankle.
Willaford said Emollient missed only two days of training as a result. Though Emollient will run with two aluminum pads Saturday, Willaford said it is unrelated with the other incident.
“One has nothing to do with the other,” Willaford said. “It’s just for a little extra protection.”
Based on the way she finished both her starts, Emollient should handle the 1 1/8 miles of the Demoiselle.
“She’s certainly bred to do it,” Willaford said. “Her last race, it looked like she wanted to go on. Physically, she looks like the type of horse that she’d go on.”
Emollient will break from the rail under Junior Alvarado.
While Emollient will be running back off an eight-week layoff, Unlimited Budget is coming back just nine days after winning a one-mile maiden race by 9 1/2 lengths.
In that race, Unlimited Budget took over after a half-mile run in 45.97 seconds and was hit only twice by John Velazquez, who then hand-rode the filly home in the final furlong.
“She’s been doing very well,” said Whit Beckman, assistant to trainer Todd Pletcher. “Even though there aren’t a lot of other options for her, I don’t think Todd would run her if he didn’t think she was doing good enough to be competitive. She worked really well the other day, she’s showing good energy, eating well, looks healthy, why not?”
Pletcher also entered Coconut Shrimp, but she ran sixth in Thursday’s $80,000 Lie Low Stakes on turf and will be scratched.
Trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. entered both Miss Patricia and Ruby Lips in the Demoiselle, but is likely to just run Miss Patricia, who would be stretching out from a two-length maiden win at six furlongs. Ruby Lips finished a well-beaten third in the Grade 3 Tempted.
Giant Cats Eye, an off-the-turf maiden winner in her fourth career start, and Flash Forward, supplemented to the field after winning a maiden $50,000 claimer, complete the field.
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