04/18/2013 5:01PM

Hawthorne: Disposablepleasure, Brushed by a Star clash in Sixty Sails

Email
Barbara D. Livingston
Disposablepleasure won her only start this year after going winless in seven races in 2012.

STICKNEY, Ill. – With more top-level racehorses than any trainer in North America, Todd Pletcher leaves no stone unturned when hunting for graded-stakes opportunities, and he almost always has entrants for the only two graded races remaining on Chicago’s spring calendar.

Pletcher’s past runners in the Illinois Derby – including winners Joe Vann, Cowtown Cat, Pollard’s Vision, and Distilled – never have been first stringers. But he has sent more substantive stock to the Sixty Sails Handicap, and two of Pletcher’s three Sixty Sails winners, Life At Ten and Fleet Indian, went on to win Grade 1 races.

This year’s Pletcher model, Disposablepleasure, also might have room to grow. The 4-year-old filly was solid at ages 2 and 3, winning the Grade 2 Demoiselle as a juvenile and finishing a close second in the Grade 1 Mother Goose Stakes last summer. And while Disposablepleasure went winless in seven starts in 2012, she has the appearance of a filly whose best races could lie in front of her, particularly after a solid allowance victory March 17 at Gulfstream to start her 4-year-old campaign.

Disposablepleasure is the 2-1 second choice on Hawthorne’s morning line for the Grade 3, $200,000 Sixty Sails, a 1 1/8-mile handicap. Her five rivals include 9-5 morning-line favorite Brushed by a Star, the 119-pound highweight. Disposablepleasure gets in at 117 pounds, and with popular rider Javier Castellano named, she could easily wind up favored over Brushed by a Star.

Disposablepleasure’s winless 2012 ended with three subpar performances, but she started poorly and never got on track in the Coaching Club American Oaks – won brilliantly by Questing – and failed to fire in experiments on turf and Polytrack to finish her season.

“She just missed in a couple big ones, and we were trying to find her niche,” Pletcher said. “I think a mile and an eighth on dirt is her specialty.”

Brushed by a Star, purchased by Unlimited Equine at Keeneland’s November sale last year, has run into a very sharp Joyful Victory in each of her two races this season, a second in the $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic and a third in the Grade 1 Santa Margarita Stakes. The 5-year-old Brushed by a Star has done her best work in races up to 1 1/8 miles, and Disposablepleasure might better see out Saturday’s trip.

Royal Lahaina, in from New York for trainer Rudy Rodriguez, has won three straight against lesser competition, while Louisiana-bred Little Ms Protocol has yet to race beyond 1 1/16 miles in a 17-start career.

Maude S, a four-time Hawthorne winner, had a useful Keeneland comeback race last out and could sneak into exotic wagers at a price.