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Laurel Park: Late-bloomer Onepointhreekarats brings winning streak into Fritchie
Okay, so Onepointhreekarats has a ways to go before giving her connections a full return on their $1.3 million investment. Better late than never, the 5-year-old mare appears headed on the right track.
Onepointhreekarats can add $150,000 to her bankroll as well as enhance her value as a future broodmare if successful in Saturday’s Grade 2, $250,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap at Laurel.
Onepointhreekarats, a daughter of Medaglia d’Oro owned by Live Oak Plantation and trained by Graham Motion, will face nine rivals in the seven-furlong Fritchie, including New York invaders Nicole H and My Wandy’s Girl as well as the solid Bold Affair.
Onepointhreekarats, who was purchased for $1.3 million at the 2009 Keeneland September yearling sale, posted one win in her first seven starts, culminating in a last-place finish in a turf allowance race last September at Saratoga. Following that race, Motion told owner Charlotte Weber he wanted to regroup and take the filly back to his base at the Fair Hill training center in Maryland. After a brief freshening, Onepointhreekarats has reeled off three straight wins, two coming at Laurel, including a relatively easy score in the $100,000 Thirty Eight Go Go Stakes on Dec. 22.
“She’d been shipping around a lot, and I told Ms. Weber let’s get her back home, keep her in Maryland, and it seems to have helped,” Motion said. “She obviously likes that track, and Jeremy [Rose] has a rapport with her.”
Rose is 3 for 3 aboard Onepointhreekarats and will be back aboard from post 3 on Saturday. Onepointhreekarats, who figures to be coming from off the pace, will be cutting back in distance from a mile to seven furlongs, but her previous races at Laurel were around one turn.
“Obviously, it’s a concern, but she’s been pretty handy going a mile,” Motion said. “I think she’ll have to step up, but her last three races were pretty good, particularly her last one when she beat a decent field which encouraged us to take a shot in a graded race.”
One horse Onepointhreekarats defeated in her last race was Bold Affair, who came back to win the What a Summer Stakes by a convincing 4 1/2 lengths Jan. 12.
Bold Affair is a seven-time stakes winner with two of those wins coming in seven-furlong stakes at Laurel. When she lost to Onepointhreekarats, she was bottled up inside early on. Saturday, she will break from post 8 in the 10-horse field under Abel Castellano.
Mike Hushion has two wins and a second in the last five runnings of the Fritchie. Nicole H, an eight-time stakes winner, was run down late by 25-1 shot Magical Feeling in last year’s Fritchie. Nicole H wheels back two weeks after suffering a head loss to Cluster of Stars in the Correction.
Hushion said he feels “pretty comfortable” with how Nicole H is doing, despite the quick turnaround and believes that seven-eighths is a distance that is suitable for the 6-year-old daughter of Mr. Greeley who flourishes at six furlongs.
“She won the Distaff at seven-eighths,” Hushion said referring to the Grade 2 race at Aqueduct in 2011.
Daniel Centeno, aboard Nicole H for stakes wins at Delaware and Penn National last fall, will ride Nicole H from post 5.
Hushion also sends out My Wandy’s Girl, who is probably better suited to longer distances but who did win an overnight stakes going 6 1/2 furlongs in her U.S. debut last September.
Dance to Bristol and Morrow Cove are other contenders in the field.
Service for Ten tries distance in Campbell
Trainer Damon Dilodovico believes ultimately Service for Ten may be better sprinting, but he’s willing to try him at 1 1/8 miles in Saturday’s $75,000 John B. Campbell Stakes.
Service for Ten has won four of his last five starts, including a second-level allowance race in his only start around two turns Dec. 29.
“He’s a big, long-legged horse, it looks like he’s wanting the distance, but he hasn’t convinced me yet,” Dilodovico said.
The distance is a question for all six horses in the Campbell as none have won going this far. Adirondack King seems bred for it being by Lawyer Ron out of the graded stakes-winning mare Jostle, but he’s yet to win beyond 6 1/2 furlongs.
Norman Asbjornson was only beaten two lengths in the Grade 3 Excelsior last March at Aqueduct. He is coming off an inexplicably poor effort when last in the Native Dancer on Jan. 21.
Concealed Identity, Avenida Paseo, and Peasant complete the field.
Brigand draws rail for George
The speedy Brigand will break from the rail as the probable favorite for Monday’s Grade 3, $250,000 General George Handicap.
Eight were entered for the General George, but Isn’t He Perfect is expected to run in Saturday’s $75,000 Moro Stakes at Aqueduct.
Brigand, a New York-bred son of Flatter trained by Bob Baffert, has won four of his last five starts, including the City of Laurel Stakes at Laurel.
Irad Ortiz Jr. will ride Brigand.
Il Villano, winner of the Dave’s Friend Stakes, is the 3-1 second choice and will break from post 2 under Kendrick Carmouche. He is the 117-pound starting highweight.
Isn’t He Perfect drew post 3, followed by Associate, Fiddlers Afleet, Javerre, Thunder Lord, and Broad Rule.
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