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Catalano again stocked for Juvenile Fillies
Trainer Wayne Catalano’s barn has been a hotbed for 2-year-old fillies the last several years, and little has changed heading into next month’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Churchill Downs. Catalano could have as many as two starters in the Nov. 5 race that he won last year with She Be Wild, and in 2006 with Dreaming of Anna.
“We’ll try for a third one,” said Catalano.
Jordy Y, who was third in the Grade 1 Alcibiades, will be pre-entered in the Juvenile Fillies on Monday, said Catalano. Honey Chile, a recent allowance winner with a Beyer Speed Figure of 92, is possible for the 1 1/16-mile race, he said, but could go instead in the Grade 2, $150,000 Pocahontas at a mile at Churchill. Jordy Y, meanwhile, is to be cross-entered in the BC Juvenile Fillies Turf, Catalano said, but is more probable for the Juvenile Fillies.
Jordy Y has won 2 of 4 starts, and last month ran second in the Grade 3 Arlington Washington Lassie. She then made her two-turn debut in the Alcibiades at Keeneland on Oct. 8.
“We think we have a shot we’re going to move up from that last race,” Catalano said.
She Be Wild was second in the Alcibiades before using her speed to win the Juvenile Fillies. Jordy Y will bring a different style into the BC.
“This filly comes from off of it,” Catalano said. “She’s a longer-striding filly. She’ll get the mile and a sixteenth, no problem.”
Maiden has faced solid company
Izshelegal has not yet won her maiden race, but she has run well against the best of company in Southern California and is to be pre-entered in the Juvenile Fillies, according to her trainer, Terry Knight.
Izshelegal was fourth last month in the Del Mar Debutante, a race that has produced the winners of three key preps. Wickedly Perfect ran second then came back and won the Alcibiades. Rigoletta was third then won the Oak Leaf, and A Z Warrior ran fifth before taking the Frizette. Izshelegal, meanwhile, returned to run fourth in the Oak Leaf, beaten nine lengths in the Hollywood Park race Oct. 3.
“We don’t feel she ran her race,” Knight said. “But I think probably as much as anything, watching Wickedly Perfect and A Z Warrior come back and run the way they ran, that makes us a little more willing to forgive a little bit of that race. She’s kept good company.”
Izshelegal won’t be facing Wickedly Perfect and Rigoletta next month, as both will miss the BC. Knight said Mike Smith will ride Izshelegal, who breezed Wednesday in blinkers and could add them for the Juvenile Fillies. The race will be her fifth start. Izshelegal debuted in July and was second in the $100,000 Landaluce at Hollywood. One start later, she was third, beaten a length by Wickedly Perfect and A Z Warrior, in the Grade 3 Sorrento that served as her steppingstone to the Debutante.
◗ Wonderlandbynight, the Arlington Washington Lassie winner who was fourth in the Alcibiades, will not run in the BC, said her trainer, Mike Reavis. He said she could make her next start in a November stakes at Woodbine, where she won the Ontario Debutante.
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