Race 7. Personal Ensign Stakes, Grade I. For three-year-old and up fillies and mares at 1 18 miles on dirt. Purse $700,000.
The Personal Ensign is a race for 3-years-old and up fillies and mares. This year’s edition is part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge series, the winner will qualify for the Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic in November.
|PP||Filly / Mare||Jockey||Trainer||M/L|
|1||Able Tasman||Mike Smith||Bob Baffert||6/5|
|2||She Takes Heart||Eric Cancel||Peter Walder||50/1|
|3||Furiously Kissed||Jose Bracho||Anthony Quartarolo||20/1|
|4||Wow Cat||John Velazquez||Chad Brown||4/1|
|5||Farrell||Channing Hill||Wayne Catalano||6/1|
|6||Elate||Jose L. Ortiz||Bill Mott||7/5|
The latest prize Abel Tasman is looking to add to her stakes collection on August
25, when the 2017 champion 3-year-old filly takes on five challengers in the $700,000 Personal Ensign Stakes (G1) at Saratoga Race Course.
This race appears to be a match race between Abel Tasman and Elate.
Abel Tasman is a four-time Grade I winner. She was able to out run Elate in the Coaching Club American Oaks. She easily won by 7 1/2 lengths the Grade I Ogden Phipps Stakes at Belmont Park.
Elate is a two-time graded stakes winner at 1 1/4 miles and should have no trouble with the distance. She likes performing at Saratoga. She won the Grade I Alabama Stakes at Saratoga last summer. She recently won the Grade 2 Delaware Handicap.
The race should start down the back stretch between the two fillies. They should hook-up around the final turn. Elate should be able to out kick Abel Tasman down the lane.
Multiple graded stakes winner Farrell is a threat to knock off the top two after holding on by a neck to beat Wow Cat in the July 29 Shuvee Stakes (Grade III) at Saratoga.
Our Top Three Picks:
- Abel Tasman