Thursday, September 21, 2017
It will be a busy Saturday for four Honeybee Stakes starters, who all have stakes engagements. Leading the group is Honeybee winner It Tiz Well, who takes on Kentucky Oaks winner Abel Tasman in the $1 million Cotillion (G1) at Parx; Smarty Jones and Southwest Stakes winner Petrov returns to stakes action in the Gallant Bob at Parx Saturday.
Four Honeybee Participants in Action this Weekend
Four starters from the $200,000 Honeybee Stakes (G3) for 3-year-old fillies March 11, maybe the key race of the 2017 Oaklawn meeting, are entered in stakes races Saturday, including winner It Tiz Well.
Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC’s It Tiz Well is the 4-1 second choice in the program for the $1 million Cotillion (G1) at Parx, a 1 1/16-mile event headed by divisional leader Abel Tasman. Trained by Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer, the filly exits a second-place finish behind Elate in the $600,000 Alabama Stakes (G1) Aug. 19 at Saratoga.
Elate ran third in the 1 1/16-mile Honeybee, which was the final major local prep for the $400,000 Fantasy Stakes (G3) April 14. Before running second in the 1 ¼-mile Alabama, It Tiz Well won the $300,000 Delaware Oaks (G3) July 8 at Delaware Park.
Seven of the 11 Honeybee starters have returned to win stakes races. In addition to It Tiz Well and Elate, other Honeybee starters to subsequently strike in a stakes race are Ever So Clever, Benner Island, Someday Soon, Chanel’s Legacy and Lovely Bernadette.
Ever So Clever won the Fantasy; Benner Island won the $200,000 Eight Belles (G2) May 5 at Churchill Downs; Someday Soon won the $75,000 Tomboy May 14 at Belterra; Chanel’s Legacy won the $65,000 Panthers June 8 at Prairie Meadows; and Lovely Bernadette won the $200,000 Indiana Grand Sept. 6 at Indiana Grand. Elate also won the $50,000 Light Hearted Stakes June 15 at Delaware Park.
An eighth Honeybee starter, My Sweet Stella, won an allowance/optional claimer June 24 at Churchill Downs.
My Sweet Stella and Perfect Wife, another Honeybee runner, are entered in the $100,000 Dogwood Stakes at 7 furlongs Saturday at Churchill Downs.
Chanel’s Legacy is entered in the $300,000 Charles Town Oaks (G3) at 7 furlongs Saturday at Charles Town. Chanel’s Legacy also won Oaklawn’s $125,000 Dixie Belle Stakes Jan. 21 and $125,000 Martha Washington Stakes Feb. 11.
Probable post time for the Cotillion, the 10th of 13 races, is 3:55 p.m. (Central).
Probable post time for the Dogwood, which goes as race 9, is 9:11 p.m. (Central). Probable post time for the Charles Town Oaks, which goes as race 12, is 9:18 p.m. (Central).
Seeking Black Type
Petrov, one of the leading 3-year-olds this year at Oaklawn, seeks his first career stakes victory in the $300,000 Gallant Bob (G3) Saturday at Parx. Probable post time for the 6-furlong Gallant Bob, which goes as race 9, is 3:14 p.m. (Central).
Co-owned and trained by Ron Moquett of Hot Springs, Petrov exits a sharp allowance sprint score Aug. 4 at Saratoga.
Petrov has had three runner-up stakes finishes in his nine-race career, including the $150,000 Smarty Jones Jan. 16 at Oaklawn and the $500,000 Southwest (G3) Feb. 20 at Oaklawn.
Petrov and Coal Front, both co-owned by Head of Plains Partners LLC, are coupled in the wagering and the 2-1 wagering favorite in the program.
Kathballu, winner of the $125,000 Spring Fever Stakes March 4 at Oaklawn, is entered in the $50,000 Pink Ribbon Stakes Saturday at Charles Town. Probable post time for the 7-furlong Pink Ribbon, the 11th race, is 8:45 p.m. (Central). … Oak Brook, an allowance/optional claiming winner at the 2016 Oaklawn meeting, is entered in the $65,000 Les Ahrens Memorial Stakes Saturday at Arlington Park. Probable post time for the 1-mile turf race, which goes as race 6, is 3:04 p.m. (Central). … Oaklawn career debut winner Colonelsdarktemper is expected to run in the $400,000 Oklahoma Derby (G3) Sunday at Remington Park along with Mike Langford’s Untrapped, third in the Rebel Stakes and sixth in the Arkansas Derby. … Retired trainer B.L. Littleton, who won 43 races at Oaklawn in 1990-2000, died last month. He was 86.