Stopchargingmaria Returns to Action in $350,000 Madison Stakes

Stopchargingmaria Returns to Action in $350,000 Madison Stakes

Category : News - Thu 02/04/2015 - 21:46 EDT

The stakes action from opening weekend at Keeneland will kick off with the 14th running of the $350,000 Madison Stakes. The Grade 1 race, carded at seven-furlongs, has drawn a field of six fillies and mares.

Stopchargingmaria tops the field as the morning line favorite at odds of 5-2 for trainer Todd Pletcher. A four-year-old daughter of Tale of the Cat purchased for $220,000 as a juvenile by Mike Repole, she has won six of her eleven starts. She will be making her first start since finishing second as the favorite in the Beldame (G1) in September and has been training sharply for her return to the races. John Velazquez will be aboard from post position three.

Lady Sabelia seeking fifth straight win

Second choice at 3-1 on the morning line is Lady Sabelia for trainer Robin Graham. A five-year-old daughter of Majestic Warrior, she has won her last four starts and comes into this race off of a score over nine rivals in the Barbara Fritchie Handicap (G2) at Laurel last time out. That was the first graded stakes win of her career. Since then, she has had a bullet workout and will have Horacio Karamanos aboard from post position four.

Wedding Toast rounding back to stakes form

Also in the field at morning line odds of 4-1 is Wedding Toast for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. A five-year-old daughter of Street Sense, she returned to the races off of an extended layoff in January after competing only once in 2014. Her comeback race was a winning effort and she was third as the favorite in the Rampart (G3) last time out. Jose Lezcano, aboard for both starts this year, will be in the irons from post position two.

 

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