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Corey Nakatani has the mount on favorite My Miss Aurelia.
POST TIME: 6:10 p.m.
DISTANCE: 8.5 furlongs
This race is the best one for betting on today and is full of choices.
Four unbeaten fillies put their records on the line here. The favorites, My Miss Aurelia (at 5-2) and Rocket Twentyone, are two-for-two and co-second choices at 4-1. Grace Hall and Weemissfrankie are three-for-three.
The best in the east, My Miss Aurelia, showed she could go this distance when she won the G1 Frizette easily on her last race. That effort gave her the only Beyer figure (96) over 90 for anyone on this field.
If she repeats that race, she will be tough to beat. Corey Nakatani, who rode her on the Frizette, repeats the mount.
The best in the west, Weemissfrankie, is a two-time G1 winner already. It's tough to get a grasp for the level of competition she has faced. But she keeps improving with each race and has worked great for this one.
She could benefit if there is a quick pace here. Rafael Bejarano, one of the top jockeys out west and in the U.S., has been aboard for all three wins and keeps the mount here.
Grace Hall will have Ramon Dominguez aboard. Her best race to date, the G1 Spinaway at the Spa, was with Dominguez on the controls. She won easily on her two-turn debut on her last race, but this is tougher competition. However, she has as much of a chance as any of the favorites here.
Rocket Twentyone took a huge step forward with her upset win at the G3 Arlington-Washington Lassie. She will try two turns for the first time here, and her workouts have been average at best. It will take another big improvement from her to win here.
Bob Baffert brings Candrea at 6-1. Candrea won her first two races and lost at the final strides of the G1 Oak Leaf to Weemissfrankie. She had fought gamely on the lead of that race and looked like a sure winner before being caught. Martin Garcia keeps the mount.
If you are looking for a good payoff, Northern Passion is your choice at 12-1. This will be her first try on dirt, but she has been running very well at Woodbine. She is two for three, and on her lone loss—by only half-a-length—she had to run three and four wide.
Another filly worth a closer look is Awesome Belle at 20-1. From the same connections that gave us last year's winner, Awesome Feather, she did a 180-degree turn with the blinkers on in her last race. There is a much tougher field here, but if she improves upon her last, she could upset this one.
The Euro shippers, Homecoming Queen at 15-1, and Questing at 30-1, have done very well on the other side of the pond with game performances. They are trying dirt and two-turns for the first time.
As I said, a good race to bet on with plenty of choices.