Review of Woodford Reserve Ballston Spa Stakes at Saratoga.

Race 12: Woodford Reserve Ballston Spa Stakes, Grade II on turf. For three-year-old fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on turf. Purse $400,000.

Entries:

PP Filly/Mare Jockey Trainer M/L
1 A Raving Beauty Irad Ortiz, Jr. Chad Brown 7/5
2 Indian Blessing Julien Leparoux Ed Walker 12/1
3 Proctor’s Ledge John Velazquez Brendan Walsh 4/1
4 Hawksmoor Javier Castellano Arnaud Delacour 6/1
5 Quidura Jose Ortiz Chad Brown 4/1
6 Off Limits Joel Rosario Chad Brown 3/1

Chad Brown has a trio of entrants in the Grade II, $400,000 Woodford Reserve Ballston Spa on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course.

A Raving Beauty began her career in Europe, winning a pair of stakes in Germany and finishing third in the Group 1 Premio Lydia Tesio in Italy. She made her first two starts in North America at Belmont Park, winning the Grade III Beaugay in May and the Grade I Just a Game in June. She ran third in the Grade I Diana on July 21 at Saratoga.

Off Limits was 5-of-6 in 2017 but she is winless in three starts this year. After winning the Grade 1 Matriarch in November at Del Mar, Off Limits began her 6-year-old campaign with a fifth in the Grade 2 Hillsborough in March at Tampa Bay Downs and a third in the Grade 1 Jenny Wiley in April at Keeneland. Last time out, she finish fourth in the Just a Game.

Quidura has won two graded stakes. In her only start this year, she set the pace but finished second in a one-mile optional claimer race on July 15 at Belmont.

Hawksmoor finished a half-length behind A Raving Beauty when fourth in the Diana. Trained by Arnaud Delacour for Lael Stables, the 5-year-old seeks her first victory since taking the 2017 Grade 3 Beaugay and Grade 2 New York in consecutive starts.

 

Also exiting the Diana is Proctor’s Ledge, she finished finish fifth. She won the Grade II Distaff Turf Mile in May at Churchill Downs before finishing second in the Just a Game in her two starts prior to the Diana.

Indian Blessing has won two races in nine starts in Great Britain and France. She captured the listed Prix Petite Etoile in November and has placed in a pair of group events, including a third in her most recent effort, the Group 3 Oak Tree on August 3 at Goodwood.

Our Top Three Picks:

  • A Raving Beauty
  • Indian Blessing
  • Off Limits

 

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