10/29/2011 3:58PM

Breeders' Cup: Stopshoppingmaria likely to get green light for Juvenile Fillies Turf


Though trainer Todd Pletcher wouldn’t confirm it, Stopshoppingmaria is likely to run in the Juvenile Fillies Turf.

Stopshoppingmaria breezed five furlongs on Saturday in 1:04.49 over the turf in company with Sweet Cat on Saturday. Under Javier Castellano, Stopshoppingmaria broke behind Sweet Cat and finished on even terms, getting her final quarter in 23.23 seconds over a course labeled firm.

“We thought she handled the turf really well this morning, seemed to get over it no problem,’’ Pletcher said. “Talked to Mike [Repole], we decided we’d make a decision [Sunday] morning. We’ll see how she comes out of it and everything but I think the turf is definitely an option.’’

Pletcher said he was not surprised that Stopshoppingmaria handled the turf, considering she is by More Than Ready, who sired Pletcher’s 2010 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner More Than Real and 2010 Juvenile Turf winner Pluck.