08/08/2012 2:08PM

Presque Isle Downs: Lotta Lovin sitting pretty in Malvern Rose


Lotta Lovin Looks primed and ready to win the $75,000 Malvern Rose for 3-year-old Pennsylvania-bred fillies at Presque Isle Downs on Wednesday evening.

Trained by Mike Maker, Lotta Lovin finished second in her last out locally against older open company in a optional claiming race July 19. Maker was pleased with that effort.

“She ran a good race. She just chased a pretty good filly who had everything her own way the entire trip.” Maker said.

Lotta Lovin is by far the most accomplished of the seven fillies in the Malvern Rose, having won three stakes at Turfway Park: the Gowell last Dec. 26, the Cincinnati Trophy on Jan. 21, and the Valedale on Feb. 25. Friday will be the first time Lotta Lovin faces Pennsylvania-bred company.

There is plenty of early speed in the 1 1/16-mile race, but that is not a problem, according to Maker. “It is what it is,” he said “She is capable of doing whatever we need her to do. “She can go with them or come from off it. I am not concerned about that at all.”

Lotta Lovin has won 4 of her 9 synthetic starts. “She does so well on the synthetics,” Maker said. “We are going to try to keep her on those rather than dirt. We will take it one dance at a time and see where we go next.”

Pedro Morales will ride for the first time.

Augustin Stable will send out a pair to try to upset Lotta Lovin. Vanishing, trained by Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard, and Appealing Cat, trained by Graham Motion, will race as an entry.

Vanishing has won her last two locally. In a visually impressive maiden win on July 5, Vanishing came from eight lengths out of it early to win by 1 1/2 lengths. In her last out July 24, Vanishing won an allowance event against older statebred opponents by 1 1/4 lengths going a mile and 70 yards.

Mario Pino, aboard for each of her four lifetime starts, retains the mount.

Appealing Cat won an entry-level allowance event going a mile locally May 31 by four widening lengths. In her last out July 11, Appealing Cat finished fifth in an overnight stake at Delaware Park going a mile and a sixteenth over the turf.

Sheldon Russell retains the mount.