04/17/2014 4:14PM

Flattering Bea can end losing streak in Sugar Maple

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Flattering Bea is 3 for 4 at Charles Town. Her last win came at seven furlongs, the distance of Saturday's Sugar Maple.

It has been 10 months since Flattering Bea ran seven furlongs over a fast track at Charles Town. Perhaps not coincidentally, it’s the last time Flattering Bea won.

On Saturday, in the $200,000 Sugar Maple Stakes, Flattering Bea will get to run seven furlongs over what should be a fast Charles Town track, perhaps a combination that could put an end to a five-race losing streak.

An overflow field of 11 was entered for the Sugar Maple – which is limited to 10 starters – but not all are expected to run. Kalambaka Queen has already been scratched, and My Pal Chrisy is expected to scratch and run in the Grade 2 Distaff on Saturday at Aqueduct. Saturday Nthe Park is cross-entered in a race at Keeneland for Saturday.

Flattering Bea is 3 for 4 at Charles Town, her only loss coming in the Pink Ribbon Stakes in the mud last September. After finishing second in the Safely Kept Stakes at Laurel to complete her 3-year-old season, Flattering Bea this year ran sixth in the Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie at Laurel and second to Rusticana in an allowance race at Mountaineer. In both races, she had issues leaving the gate.

“She got wiped out in the Fritchie, and it might have made her break a step slow at Mountaineer remembering what happened at Laurel,” said Crystal Pickett, who trains Flattering Bea.

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Pickett worked Flattering Bea out of the gate at Pimlico in advance of this race. Pickett also likes the outside draw for Flattering Bea, who is in post 8.

“She’s a really big filly, and being in the clear should be good for her,” Pickett said.

While Flattering Bea is a Charles Town horse-for-course, More Than a Cruise will be making her first start over the tightly turned oval. More Than a Cruise is coming off a 3 3/4-length victory in the Conniver Stakes at Laurel.

Trainer Larry Murray concedes that the dynamics of seven-furlong races at Laurel and Charles Town are different, but he’s looking forward to trying More Than a Cruise around two turns.

“Seven-eighths at Laurel is just perfect for her, especially when you get a [half-mile] in 45,” Murray said. “I thought this was worth a shot. I always wanted to try her two turns. Seven-eighths at Charles Town is pretty much the same as a mile and a sixteenth at Pimlico.”

Prize Winner finished third behind Sugar Maple starters Rusticana and Flattering Bea in a six-furlong race at Mountaineer run 13 days after she won an allowance race at Mountaineer. Prize Winner won her only start going seven-eighths over a fast Charles Town strip 14 months ago.

Michael Lauer, the trainer of Prize Winner, said he doesn’t usually run his horses back in 13 days but had little choice.

“Not that many races go, and she’s out of conditions,” Lauer said. “She’s doing all right, and she seems to handle the track.”

Trainer Tom Amoss ships in Delta Downs allowance winner Quiet Success for the Sugar Maple. Wardelle, Saturday Suprise, and La Grey Zuliana complete the field.