Yatta Gets First Stakes Test in Selima

Yatta Gets First Stakes Test in Selima

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

  • STK
  • 1 1/16m
  • Turf
  • $150,000
  • 2 yo Fillies
  • 3:00 PM (local)
PP Horse Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L
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
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