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Belmont Park: Wedding Toast may challenge elders in Turnback the Alarm
ELMONT, N.Y. – The 3-year-old filly Wedding Toast, an impressive 14 1/2-length allowance winner here at Belmont Park on Wednesday, could make her next start against her elders in the Grade 3, $200,000 Turnback the Alarm Stakes on Oct. 26, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said.
Wedding Toast, a daughter of Street Sense out of the unraced mare Golden Sheba – who is a half-sister to multiple Grade 1 winner Congaree – ran a mile in 1:34.06 while earning a 105 Beyer Speed Figure.
McLaughlin said that Wedding Toast reminds him a bit of Dance Card, a filly who got good at this time last year and won the Grade 1 Gazelle for 3-year-old fillies in November. This year, the Gazelle was moved to the spring, replaced on the calendar by the Grade 3, $200,000 Comely run Nov. 30. That, too, is a race McLaughlin is considering for Wedding Toast.
“She broke a little flat-footed and still ran extremely fast and ran extremely well,” McLaughlin said.
Recepta works toward Frizette
Recepta, a debut winner by 4 1/2 lengths at Saratoga, worked an easy half-mile in 49.53 seconds Thursday morning over the Belmont main track in preparation for a start in the Grade 1, $500,000 Frizette here Oct. 5.
Recepta won her Sept. 1 debut impressively in the slop, running seven furlongs in 1:25.41 and earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 74.
“She trained well going into it. I thought she’d run good and win but didn’t think she’d be as convincing as she was,” trainer Jimmy Toner said. “Naturally, thrilled with it; happy with her race and her effort. She’s a total professional. She did everything right over there. She handled herself good and she came out of it good.”
Recepta is a daughter of Speightstown out of the mare Honor Bestowed, who is a half-sister to the turf stakes-winning mares Soaring Softly and Plenty of Grace. That gives Toner hope that the filly will be able to stretch out in distance. The Frizette is run at a mile.
“She never seems like she gets tired,” Toner said. “I don’t think distance will be any problem for her at all.”
Awesome Vision to try turf
Awesome Vision, a multiple stakes winner on dirt, will try turf for the first time in Sunday’s $150,000 Ashley T. Cole Stakes for New York-breds.
A field of nine was entered for the Cole, run at 1 1/8 miles.
Awesome Vision, a son of Awesome Again, is coming off a win in the Saratoga Sunrise Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 16. Trainer Tom Albertrani didn’t see a race for Awesome Vision that he liked on dirt, so he figured he’d try the turf.
“There was a mile race, but he wants to go a little longer,” Albertrani said. “Just thought it might be a good opportunity to try him on the turf one time just to see how he goes over it. When we went from the inner to the main track at Aqueduct it looked like he might have been spinning his wheels and we thought about [turf] back then. This might open up some other options.”
Hangover Kid, winner of the West Point at Saratoga on Aug. 15, was entered, but trainer Jason Servis said Thursday he was uncertain to run. Servis is considering the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational on Sept. 28 for Hangover Kid.
Hear the Footsteps and Kharafa, second and third in the West Point, are entered in the Cole.
Earlier on Sunday’s program is the $150,000 John Hettinger Stakes for New York-bred fillies and mares, also at 1 1/8 miles. Effie Trinket, who is entered in Saturday’s Grade 1 Garden City, was cross-entered in this spot.
If she runs in the Garden City, the Hettinger becomes a wide-open affair with Inimitable Romanee, Wholelottashakin, and Lady’s Lunar Luck looking to be the top contenders.
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