By: Byron King BloodHorse
Four stakes, topped by the $150,000 Selima Stakes and $150,000 Laurel Futurity, highlight the first Saturday of the fall meet at Laurel Park Sept. 30.
A notable success story from the Selima occurred in 2019 when Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Gainesway Stable’s Sharing took the race in fast time for trainer Graham Motion before a 13-1 upset in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1T) at Santa Anita Park.
This year, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Motion are again represented in the 1 1/16-mile turf race, this time with Yatta , a Yoshida filly who broke her maiden in her third start in a high-value maiden race at Kentucky Downs Sept. 7.
The opposition includes:
- The George Weaver-trained Brocknardini , who, after scoring by 4 3/4 lengths at Saratoga Race Course, ran 12th with a troubled trip in the Natalma Stakes (G1T) at Woodbine.
- Positive Carry , second in her lone start at Saratoga for trainer Chad Brown.
There is a threat of rain in the long-term forecast.
Laurel Park, Saturday, September 30, 2023, Race 6
- 1 1/16m
- 2 yo Fillies
- 3:00 PM (local)
|1||Kissedbyanangel (MD)||Angel Cruz||122||Joanne Shankle||–|
|2||Gorgeous Girl (KY)||Sheldon Russell||122||Gregory D. Sacco||–|
|3||Low Mileage (VA)||Jevian Toledo||122||John E. Salzman, Jr.||–|
|4||Hekate (KY)||Denis Araujo||122||Zoe Valvo||–|
|5||Brocknardini (NY)||Joseph Rocco, Jr.||122||George Weaver||–|
|6||Yatta (KY)||Jorge Ruiz||122||H. Graham Motion||–|
|7||Flowers for Me (KY)||UNKNOWN||122||James T. Ryerson||–|
|8||Carmelina (PA)||Abner Adorno||122||Robert E. Reid, Jr.||–|
|9||Positive Carry (IRE)||Nik Juarez||117||Chad C. Brown||–|
|10||Determined Sail (MD)||Forest Boyce||122||Phil Schoenthal||–|