14 Fillies Set for $80,000 Rags to Riches at Churchill

14 Fillies Set for $80,000 Rags to Riches at Churchill

Category : News - Sun 01/11/2015 - 12:42 EST

With a full field of 14 juvenile fillies set to contest the $80,000 Rags to Riches Stakes on November 1 at Churchill, the opening day feature is the best betting race on the card.

Stageplay is the 3/1 favorite in the one-mile tilt on the main track after recording an impressive debut victory October 10 at Keeneland. The Steve Asmussen-trained filly is a daughter of 2007 and 2008 Horse of the Year Curlin, and is bred to improve racing at longer distances. The only drawback might be the wide post position, as Ricardo Santana will be aboard breaking from the 13-hole. Traditionally, however, wide posts have not hindered the performance of horses negotiating the one-turn mile trip at Churchill.

Dream Dance exits graded stakes tries

Dream Dance 6/1, will break from the inside and while receiving some much-needed class relief. The Neil Howard trainee finished fifth in the Grade 1 Darley Alcibiades last out and second in the Grade 2 Pocahontas September 12 at Churchill. Dream Dance, a daughter of 2006 Preakness and Belmont champion Afleet Alex, has one win from five starts – a maiden victory at Ellis Park August 16.

Little Cherie goes for top connections 

Little Cherie (8/1), also exits the Alcibiades, where she finished eighth over a sloppy track October 2 at Keeneland.  Trained by Mike Maker, Little Cherie has two wins from four starts and figures to take plenty of wagering interest with Julien Leparoux aboard. The Rags to Riches is named for the Belmont-winning filly trained by Todd Pletcher in 2007. 

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