05/25/2013 3:07PM

Belmont Park: Watsdachances has score to settle in Sands Point Stakes

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After running an impressive second in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, Watsdachances received a winter freshening.

ELMONT, N.Y. – Watsdachances, beaten at odds-on by Unbelievable Dream in the Appalachian Stakes last month, will look to even the score in Monday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Sands Point Stakes at Belmont Park.

The 19th running of the Sands Point, scheduled for the inner turf at 1 1/16 miles, drew six 3-year-old fillies for turf, along with main-track-only entrant Fusaichiswonderful. It is carded as the seventh of 11 races, and is the first leg of an all-stakes pick four with a $500,000 guaranteed pool. Post time is 4:13  p.m. Eastern.

After winning a five-furlong grass sprint for maidens in her native Ireland last April, Watsdachances was sent to the United States and given over to Chad Brown.

“Shortly after I started training her, we went ahead and paid the fee for the Breeders’ Cup [Juvenile Fillies Turf],” said Brown, who won that race’s inaugural running with Maram in 2008. “I’m not saying I was positive then, but I had a pretty good idea. I’ve had these fillies before, and I thought she stacked up with some of the good ones I’ve had get into that race.”

Unveiled at Saratoga in late August, Watsdachances overcame a wide trip to win the P.G. Johnson, and returned a few weeks later at Belmont to win the Miss Grillo over yielding ground after splitting rivals in midstretch. Brown credited jockey Javier Castellano with “a terrific ride to be that patient and wait for a seam on the inside.”

After running a bang-up second in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, Watsdachances received a winter freshening. She made her seasonal bow in the Appalachian, racing wide and finishing an even fourth behind Unbelievable Dream.

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Brown also entered Wave Theory, who unseated her rider at the start of the Edgewood Stakes last time out.

Unbelievable Dream trailed by as many as 15 lengths through the opening stages of the Appalachian, but launched a determined rally under Joel Rosario to prevail by a half-length.

“She’s a lovely filly and she seems to have come out of that race good,” said trainer Barclay Tagg. “She is a New York-bred, and might have transcended those [in the Appalachian].”

Tagg will also send out Caroline Thomas, whose dam, Bit of Whimsy, won the Sands Point, Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup, and Mrs. Revere under Tagg’s tutelage in 2007.

Discreet Marq, idle four months since setting the pace to the final strides of the Sweetest Chant at Gulfstream Park, returns for Christophe Clement, who has already won three stakes at the meet.

“Discreet Marq hasn’t run since January,” said Clement. “It’s a little bit ambitious first time back, but she’s doing well.”

Discreet Marq would appear the lone speed.

Also entered for turf was the Midwestern invader Kitten’s Queen, whose trainer, Wayne Catalano, sent out four winners at Arlington Park on Friday.