08/10/2009 11:00PM

Juddmonte pair tough at Deauville


During its 30 years as a listed race, the Prix de Lieurey has produced a number of future North American stakes winners, among them Kool Kat Katie (E.P. Taylor), Heaven's Command (Violet Handicap), and Bright Abundance (Noble Damsel), as well as three-time ungraded stakes winner Zeiting. In the 1980s the Lieurey was won by both Pasadoble, the dam of two-time Breeders' Cup Mile winner Miesque, and Albertine, the dam of Breeders' Cup Classic winner Arcangues.

This year, Deauville's one-mile contest for 3-year-old fillies has been upgraded to Group 3 status and has drawn as strong a field as ever. Article Rare, winner of the Group 3 Prix des Reservoirs last year and second by six lengths to the subsequent French Oaks winner Stacelita in the Group 1 Prix Saint-Alary, will represent trainer Elie Lellouche. Wilside, winner of the Group 3 Prix Chloe on July 5, will be saddled by Mikael Delzangles while Chloe fourth Providanza goes for Nicolas Clement.

The Lieurey winner, though, could come from Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms: Emergency or Dreamt.

The David Smaga-trained Emergency is fresh from a win in Deauville's listed seven-furlong Prix Amandine, while the Andre Fabre-trained Dreamt, never worse than first or second in five starts, recently took a one-mile conditions race at Maisons-Laffitte by 2 1/2 lengths.