05/10/2012 4:16PM

Lincoln: Yellow Chumarine looks formidable in Princess


Yellow Chumarine should rule a solid favorite when she heads a field of six 3-year-old fillies in the $15,000 Princess Stakes at six furlongs in the feature at Lincoln Race Course on Saturday afternoon.

Yellow Chumarine remained in Nebraska following her solid stakes efforts at Fonner Park this spring. Formerly trained by Jack McCartney for owner Tom Dougherty, she has been under the care of Kim Veerhusen while preparing for this spot.

Yellow Chumarine opened her Nebraska campaign at Fonner on March 10 when she was a strong third against older fillies and mares in a non-conditioned allowance that featured stakes runners Gibson Crystal and Prospectors Alycat. She was clearly best against 3-year-olds in the Pepsi Stakes three weeks later, and then took on males and was fourth in the Baxter Stakes in her last start April 14. Veerhusen has named Jake Olesiak to ride.

Trophy Club, trained by Tim Muckey, and U Little Devil U figure to be the main rivals to the top choice. They were second and third in the Pepsi Stakes and should attract their share of attention in this spot. U Little Devil U was a maiden when running in the Pepsi. She returned to win her maiden two weeks later with a 2 1/2-length score on April 13.

Trophy Club also made her last start that day when third against older rivals in optional claiming company. She made a good move into contention into the far turn of that six-furlong race but weakened to be beaten five lengths and should figure strongly here.