Closer Look At A ‘Youthful’ Saturday

ZilvaBC09MK298The first Saturday in March marks a big one for Herringswell Stables as 3-year-old stakes runners Apple Charlotte, Cat Park, Check The Label, Turf Melody and Zilva headline seven entrants.

Our eyes will pin-ball from Aqueduct to Gulfstream to Santa Anita and then to Penn National as we look on our runners that all have the same common denominator. Age.

All seven Saturday runners, also including Chingachgook and Miss Mockingbird, are 3-year-olds. One is already a stakes winner (Turf Melody), while Apple Charlotte, Cat Park, Check The Label and Zilva each look to become one. Chingachgook and Miss Mockingbird are looking to scratch the surface with a maiden win.

{jcomments on}Starting off our day, literal stables (their Palm Meadows stalls are seperated only by Desertstormelite) Apple Charlotte and Check The Label will tangle in the Grade III 1 1/8 miles Herecomesthebride Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

Apple Charlotte is both a light weight and lightly raced filly by Smart Strike. She comes off an allowance win at Gulfstream on February 20. After breaking her maiden at Tampa, Apple Charlotte had nearly two months away from the races before her victory against winners. In that score, the still figuring-things-out filly bravely sandwiched herself between the turf course rail and a rival to win by a 1/2 length.

Apple Charlotte is a half-sister to Mythical Gem, who won the G III Lexington Stakes and was 4-for-8 lifetime.

Check The Label meanwhile should see more tote action on Saturday as she is proven against these types. The Stormin Fever filly will vie for favoritism as she was beaten only 3/4 of a length in the Coconut Grove Stakes last time. The winner that day, In The Rough, returns in here.

Check The Label, a Brereton Jones homebred, will have the services of Alan Garcia for the second straight time.

Both Herecomesthebride fillies will try the 9-furlong distance for the first time on Saturday.

The well traveled Turf Melody will make his ninth start (at a ninth different track) in the Grade III Gotham at Aqueduct racetrack in New York. The Gotham, ran at 1 1/16 miles, is represented by a ten horse field with no clear horse to beat. The Maria’s Mon colt had been entered in Aqueduct’s Whirlaway in early February before the Mid-Atlantic blizzard handcuffed him to his Fair Hill, MD base. New York’s leading rider Ramon Dominguez is lured in to ride.

Cat Park takes on a quality field in the Grade III Palm Beach stakes at Gulfstream. His sire, Tale Of The Cat, is not exactly known for producing horses that relish added ground. However, Cat Park’s plotting style may not come from his King’s Bishop winning father. His dam is a mare named Dynamic Cat, from the distance sire Dynaformer. Dynaformer is well-known for his distance runners and the 1 1/8 miles distance of the Palm Beach puts Cat Park at an advantage. John Velazquez gets the leg up.

Zilva will head to the gate in the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks and she and six others look to thwart the super-serious filly Blind Luck. Zilva capped her 2-year-old season with a close fourth in the Grade I Alciabides and an unfortunate- and close- seventh in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. To begin her 3-year-old campaign the Successfull Appeal filly was beaten 5 lengths in the Grade III Santa Ysabel. With a start under her belt off the layoff, Zilva is in a logical spot to return to form as she faces the best of the best yet again.

Chingachgook, a New York bred Empire Maker colt is entered in a state bred maiden at Aqueduct. The sophomore is listed on the also-eligible list and is unlikely to draw in. Chingachgook’s dam Taghkanic, is a half-sister to fellow New York bred Private Emblem who captured the 2002 Arkansas Derby, G III Essex Handicap and the Southwest Stakes among others. Gabriel Saez is named to ride if the unraced colt draws in.

Miss Mockingbird is entered to run at Penn National with jockey Clinton Potts. Coming off a maiden special weight, the Birdstone filly will run in a maiden claiming forty thousand which will make the gray 3-year-old a top contender.

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