05/24/2013 3:50PM

Belmont Park: Mott, McLaughlin sending out promising fillies in feature


ELMONT, N.Y. – In lieu of a stakes, the Sunday feature at Belmont Park is a $77,000 first-level allowance race for fillies and mares highlighted by a pair of 3-year-olds from top barns.

Trainer Bill Mott, whose roster of stakes-caliber 3-year-old fillies is deep, sends out Charity Ball, while trainer Kiaran McLaughlin sends out the well-bred Sister State in the field of eight.

Charity Ball, a daughter of Indian Charlie, comes off a one-length win going a mile at Aqueduct on April 14. Following a third-place finish in her debut sprinting at Gulfstream, Charity Ball got away with sensible fractions while rating on the lead in her Aqueduct win.

“I thought she was quite game in her first race,” Mott said. “She ding-donged pretty good there early and did well to hold [third]. Edgar [Prado] suggested we try longer.”

The fact she has been on the lead in each of her first two starts may have been a function of her inside post position. Sunday, she breaks from post 7 under Junior Alvarado and may be able to rate.

“I think she’s got that in her,” Mott said.

After two losses at Gulfstream Park to begin her career – including a runner-up finish to subsequent Gazelle winner Close Hatches – Sister State went gate to wire to win a one-mile maiden race here by two lengths. Breaking from post  2 that day, Sister State went directly to the front and kept going, covering a mile in 1:36.51 and earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 79.

“She did it on her own. She was very sharp away from the gate,” McLaughlin said of Sister State’s maiden win.

Sister State, owned and bred by Darley Stable, is a daughter of A.P. Indy out of the unraced mare Well Related, who is related to graded stakes winners Abaginone and Cara Rafaela.

Noting that Sister State is saddled with the rail on Sunday, McLaughlin said “we might need [speed] this time from the one hole.”

Read the Research, a 4-year-old trained by Todd Pletcher, comes off a New York-bred second-level allowance win in gate-to-wire fashion. Sunday, she breaks from post 2.

Garnet Street and Lady Kierkegaard were noses apart when they were second and third, respectively, 8 1/2 lengths behind runaway winner Natalie Victoria here on May 8.

Belle Gallantey has 18 in-the-money finishes from 28 career starts but appears to be facing tougher in this spot.Parc Monceau is the wild card in the field. She won a maiden race at Hollywood Park on April 26 for Neil Drysdale and has now been sent by owner Barry Schwartz to trainer Mike Hushion, who is off to a 5-for-12 start at the meet.Classic Point, who won a maiden $16,000 claimer at Belmont last fall, completes the field.