All one has to do is look through the record book to see how productive a race the Appalachian (G3) has been this decade.
Five of the seven winners starting in 2010 have gone on to win Grade 1 races. Thursday’s 29th running of the $ 125,000 race for 3-year-old fillies has the potential to add to that total.
“What a race. This is a Breeders’ Cup race,” trainer Mark Casse said of the 1-mile grass test that attracted a full field of 12. Among them are four runners from last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1).
New Money Honey, last seen winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) in November at Santa Anita, heads a field of 12 3-year-old fillies and one also-eligible entered Sunday for the 29th running of the $ 125,000 Appalachian (G3) Presented by Japan Racing Association.
The Appalachian will go as the eighth race on Thursday’s nine-race program with a 4:57 p.m. ET post time. First post time Thursday is 1:05 p.m.
Trained by Chad Brown and owned by e Five Racing Thoroughbreds, New Money Honey will be ridden by regular partner Javier Castellano and break from post position four.
Three of the fillies who chased New Money Honey at Santa Anita will tackle the daughter of Medaglia d’Oro in her season debut.
Treadway Racing Stable’s Coasted will take her third shot at New Money Honey. Trained by Leah Gyarmati, Coasted finished third behind New Money Honey in the Miss Grillo (G3) prior to the Breeders’ Cup.
Second to fellow Appalachian rival Dream Dancing in the Herecomesthebride (G3) in her lone 2017 start, Coasted will be ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr. and break from post position six.
Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider’s Lull, who set the pace in the Breeders’ Cup before finishing fourth, will be making her 2017 debut. Trained by Christophe Clement, Lull finished second here last fall in the JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G3). Jose Ortiz has the mount on Lull and will break from post position 10.
Casse has one of those runners in La Coronel, who was sixth as the favorite in the race at Santa Anita, as well as Dream Dancing, both for owner John C. Oxley.
The two Casse fillies have combined to win five of eight starts on the grass and both had one race last month as a prep for Thursday’s race.
“I think they have progressed well from 2 to 3,” Casse said. “I can see that La Coronel is bigger and stronger and Dream Dancing, it took me a while to catch on that she was a true turf horse.”
Casse won the race last year with Catch a Glimpse. A win Thursday would allow him to join Mike Stidham as the only trainer to win the Appalachian in consecutive years. Stidham won in 2000 with Impending Bear and in 2001 with Bold Answer.
“I have felt that La Coronel is as good if not better than Catch a Glimpse, but she has yet to prove it,” Casse said. “Catch a Glimpse had accomplished a lot more by this time last year.”
Catch a Glimpse is expected to start in Saturday’s $ 350,000 Coolmore Jenny Wiley (G1).
The field for the Appalachian, from the inside out, is: Dream Dancing (Julien Leparoux, 120 pounds), La Coronel (Geroux, 120), Proctor’s Ledge (Corey Lanerie, 118), New Money Honey (Castellano, 123), Bellavais (John Velazquez, 118), Coasted (Ortiz Jr., 118), Journey Home (Trevor McCarthy, 120), Like a Hurricane (Declan Cannon, 118), Dynatail (Orlando Bocachica, 120), Lull (Ortiz, 118), Morticia (Jose Lezcano, 118) and Purely a Dream (Robby Albarado, 118). Also-eligible: Ghostly Presence (Joel Rosario, 120).
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