08/30/2012 12:58PM

Thistledown: Pay the Man, Agressive Elegance head intriguing Rose DeBartolo cast


A competitive field of nine Ohio-bred fillies and mares will meet Saturday in the $50,000 Rose DeBartolo Memorial Stakes, which should make for one of the most interesting stakes of the Thistledown season.

Multiple Ohio champion mare Pay the Man has won this race four of the last five years and was runner-up in the 2010 edition. She has a record of 7-4-1 from 12 starts at the 1 1/8-mile distance of the DeBartolo. Pay the Man has earned $867,156 in her 58 lifetime starts.
Pay the Man comes into this race off a 10th-place finish in the Vivacious Handicap at River Downs on Aug. 11. That race was on turf, a surface over which Pay the Man has never hit the board in six lifetime attempts. She finished second in an open allowance race at Mountaineer in July and won the J. William Petro Memorial here in June.

An 8-year-old mare trained by Miguel Feliciano, Pay the Man likes to dictate the pace but will have her work cut out on Saturday as there are plenty of other front-runners in the race, including some younger up-and-comers who have begun to make their mark on the Ohio circuit. Ricardo Feliciano will ride Pay the Man.

Agressive Elegance, a 3 year old, finished ahead of Pay the Man when second in the Vivacious Handicap but was disqualified and placed fourth. She is the horse to beat Saturday.

Agressive Elegance won the Queen City Oaks at this distance on July 21, finished second in the Green Carpet on May 27 and was much the best while winning her maiden by 9 1/2 lengths in the Tomboy Stakes on May 12. Agressive Elegance’s last four races all came at River Downs. Albin Jimenez has a return call.

Startin Something benefited from Agressive Elegance’s disqualification and was moved up to second after finishing third in the Vivacious Handicap. Trained by Tim Hamm, she has won 3 of 6 races this year, including the Angenora Stakes and the Theodore F. Classen Memorial back in May. Deshawn Parker will be in from Mountaineer to ride.