By the Moon, Paulassilverlining and Finley’sluckycharm are all seeking to extend their current stakes win streaks in a field of five for the 26th running of the Grade 2, $ 200,000 Honorable Miss on Wednesday at Saratoga.
Jay Em Ess Stable’s By the Moon seeks her third consecutive stakes win after victories in the Grade 3 Bed of Roses on June 9, and the Grade 3 Vagrancy Handicap one month earlier on May 5 over an off track at Belmont.
Trainer Michelle Nevin said weather and track surface will not be a factor for By the Moon, who broke her maiden at Saratoga her first time out in 2014 and has hit the board in all four of her starts at the Spa, including second-place finishes in the Grade 1 Spinaway in 2014 and Grade 1 Ballerina in 2016.
“I don’t think it’s going to make any difference [what track we run on]. She has run well at Aqueduct, run well at Belmont and run well at Saratoga,” Nevin said. “She has run good on any kind of surface. Fast track. Sloppy. It doesn’t really affect her.”
By the Moon will break from post 2 with jockey Rajiv Maragh.
Juddmonte Farm’s Paulassilverlining enters the race off of three straight stakes including two Grade 1 wins, the Humana Distaff at Churchill Downs on May 6 and the Madison on April 8 at Keeneland. The Chad Brown trainee has 10 wins in 20 career starts and will break from post 3 with rider Jose Ortiz.
Also entering the race on a win streak is Carl Moore’s Finley’sluckycharm. The Twirling Candy filly has won three straight stakes races at Churchill Downs, including the Grade 3 Chicago Handicap on June 24 and Grade 3 Winning Colors on May 27.
Finley’sluckycharm will break from post 5 for trainer Bret Calhoun with jockey Brian Hernandez, Jr. aboard.
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin sends out Clothes Fall Off for Cheyenne Stables. It will be the 5-year-old’s first start since finishing ninth in the Madison.
“She’s doing real well; it’s a tough race but we’re hopeful,” he said. “There’s some tough ones, but hopefully she gets a piece of it.”
Clothes Fall Off breaks from post 4 with jockey Joel Rosario.
Rounding out the field is Disco Chick for trainer Miguel Penaloza, who breaks from the rail with jockey Hector Caballero.
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