05/15/2013 12:02PM

Pimlico: Near-perfect filly Tread gets class test in Miss Preakness


Tread is a nose from bringing a perfect record into the $100,000 Miss Preakness on Friday at Pimlico. She has won two of her three career starts, and will be making her stakes debut in the six-furlong race for 3-year-old fillies that is part of the undercard on Black-Eyed Susan Day.

In all, a field of 11 will go, including Blueeyesintherein, the winner of the Grade 3 Debutante last summer at Churchill Downs; I’m Mom’s Favorite, who romped in a Pimlico allowance last month for a Beyer Speed Figure of 94, the best career number in the Miss Preakness; Jewel of a Cat, a stakes winner last month at Pimlico; and Lighthouse Bay, a stakes winner at Laurel who has been training at Saratoga.

Tread enters the Miss Preakness off back-to-back wins at Fair Grounds. She took a maiden special weight sprint on Feb. 23, and then cleared her first-level allowance condition at the same distance March 21. In her only other start, she finished second by a nose in a maiden special weight Jan. 12.

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“She’s a very fast filly,” said Al Stall Jr., who trains Tread for Adele Dilschneider and Claiborne Farm. “She’s run three nice races at the Fair Grounds and it’s time to hunt down some black type.

“She’s nice and fresh and we feel like she’s ready to run an explosive type of race.”

Tread has been prominent in her three races, and given her pedigree the speed she has shown sprinting has been a bit of a surprise, said Stall.

“She’s by Arch, and you wouldn’t think it,” he said, referring to the stallion known as a stamina influence. “But as soon as we started training the filly, we saw she had some get up and go.”

Joel Rosario, who won the Kentucky Derby on Orb, has the mount on Tread.