This Saturday sees the running of the premier race of the Indiana Grand race schedule, with the running if the Grade 3 Indiana Derby.
Stephanie's Kitten Takes on Nine in $150,000 Hillsborough Stakes
On Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs, the track will host the 17th edition of the $150,000 Hillsborough Stakes. Carded at a mile and an eighth on the turf and has drawn a field of ten fillies and mares.
Stephanie’s Kitten tops the field as the morning line favorite at odds of 2-1 and is one of two horses in the race for trainer Chad Brown. A six-year-old daughter of Kitten’s Joy bred and owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, the multiple Grade 1 winner was last seen finishing second in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1) and has been training steadily for her first start of the year. John Velazquez, her regular rider, will be aboard and they will break from post position two.
Filimbi going for second consecutive graded stakes win
Second choice at 5-2 on the morning line is Filimbi for trainer Bill Mott. A homebred for Juddmonte Farms, the five-year-old daughter of Mizzen Mast is out of Grade 1 winner Flute and has won six of her thirteen career starts. She has been training forwardly for her first start of the year and was last seen winning the Goldikova Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita in November. Joel Rosario, aboard for all of her North American starts, will remain aboard from post nine.
Sparkling Review trying for five in a row
Also in the field at morning line odds of 6-1 is Sparkling Review for trainer Ben Colebrook. A four-year-old daughter of Lemon Drop Kid, she has won four of her five career starts and comes into this race off of back-to-back victories against graded stakes competition. She has been on the shelf since winning the Mrs Revere (G2) on the turf at Churchill Downs in November. Julian Leparoux will be aboard and they will break from the outside post.
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