06/27/2013 4:08PM

Colonial Downs: Sensible Lady goes for repeat in Buckland


Female turf-sprint specialists Sensible Lady and Nisteltoe, who have collected six wins apiece over the past two seasons, will clash for the first time in Saturday’s $75,000 Buckland Stakes at Colonial Downs.

The 5 1/2-furlong Buckland drew a field of 12 fillies and mares, led by 124-pound co-highweight Sensible Lady, who won last year’s running by 1 1/4 lengths as the 8-5 favorite.

The 4-year-old Sensible Lady, trained by Tim Salzman, holds a class advantage over Nisteltoe after racing in six consecutive stakes worth $100,000 or more. Most recently, Sensible Lady broke next to last in a field of 14 but still managed to rally and get up by a neck in the $100,000 The Very One at Pimlico on May 17.

The last two times Sensible Lady returned from a similar break, she won stakes.

The 5-year-old Nisteltoe shows sharp form but will be making her stakes debut in the Buckland. She most recently surrendered a five-length lead in deep stretch and had to settle for second in a second-level optional $25,000 claimer at Pimlico on May 25. The last time she returned from a short layoff for trainer Dane Kobiskie, Nisteltoe won by a neck going 5 1/2 furlongs at Laurel last October.

The field also includes Cho Cho Cat and Spun Cap, whose best races are fast enough to threaten the two logical favorites.

Two starts ago at Evangeline Downs, Cho Cho Cat jumped up 23 points on the Beyer Speed Figure scale to record a 90 while scoring a 24-1 upset in the five-furlong Tellike Stakes. Her previous best Beyer over the past two seasons was a 75 in the 2012 Tellike.

Spun Cap, based in Kentucky with trainer Eduardo Caramori, posted back-to-back Beyers of 88 and 89 in winning a second-level optional $62,500 claimer at Gulfstream Park and finishing a close second in the $100,000 Giant’s Causeway at Keeneland. She was beaten by more than three lengths in each of the two previous times she faced Sensible Lady, including the most recent race for both in The Very One.