Friday, June 4, 2010

Taking a shot in The Acorn Stakes

There are some salty races on Saturday's Belmont Stakes' undercard. One of them is the Acorn, now named the Betfair TVG Acorn, and it looks like a good one.Thirteen 3 year old fillies will go a one-turn mile in pursuit of a Grade 1 win. The Acorn is the first race of a 3 race series known as the Triple Tiara or Filly Triple Crown; the second leg is the Coaching Club American Oaks at a 1 1/8, also at Belmont, and ending with The Alabama at 1 1/4 at Saratoga Race Course. This 2010 configuration is new this year.
The lukewarm morning line favorite is Tidal Pool, who finished 3rd in the Kentucky Oaks to the winner Blind Luck and the nose-beaten Evening Jewel, two top notch fillies based on the West Coast. With those 2 girls staying home, the competition opens up dramatically.Two fillies worth a long shot look are Streaker and Much Rejoicing.
Phipps Stable's Streaker, undefeated in 3 starts and her last against older, has done everything right. A half sister to the Grade 1 millionaire, Pine Island, she is trained by Shug Mc Gaughey who specializes in bringing fillies along just at the right time.
The other filly to take a look at is Much Rejoicing. Also undefeated in two tries, her last race turned into a "key race", with three of the fillies winning their next starts, all three is Stakes.Though her dam, Soaring Softly was a millionaire champion on the grass, this filly looks like she could be something special. And her trainer, Jimmy Toner has a way with good fillies too.

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