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Flashy Lassie Tops Strong Dozen in Pocahontas

| Churchill Downs Communications | 10/27/2011 #
  • Flashy Lassie rallied late to win the Grade III Debutante. (Reed Palmer, CD)

  • Garry Simms, trainer of Debutante winner Flashy Lassie (Reed Palmer, Churchill Downs

Barry King’s Flashy Lassie, winner of the Grade III Debutante Stakes here in June, will return to the main track Sunday when she faces 11 rivals in the 43rd running of the Grade II, $150,000-added Pocahontas for 2-year-old fillies at a mile on the main track.

The Pocahontas and the $100,000-added Iroquois (GIII), for 2-year-old colts and geldings at a mile, share the spotlight on Sunday’s “Stars of Tomorrow I” card with all races for 2-year-olds to kick off the 21-day Fall Meeting that runs through Nov. 27.

The Pocahontas will go as the 10th race on Sunday’s 11-race program with a 5:02 p.m. EDT post time. First post time Sunday is 12:40 p.m.

Trained by Garry Simms, Flashy Lassie ran second in the Mountaineer Juvenile Fillies after her Debutante victory and in her most recent start ran 12th over Polytrack at Keeneland in the Darley Alcibiades (GI). Corey Lanerie has the call Sunday on Flashy Lassie, who will break from post position two.

Two other Grade III winners are in the field: Brereton Jones’ Believe You Can and Georgie’s Angel, owned by Sheffer Racing Stable, Ronald Stocks, Betsy Wells and Kelly Weitsma.

Believe You Can, trained by Larry Jones, won the Tempted at Belmont Park in her most recent start. Gabriel Saez has the mount on Believe You Can, who will break from post position eight.

Georgie’s Angel, owned by a partnership headed by Louisville attorney Ronnie Sheffer and trained by Todd Pletcher, scored an impressive victory in her racing debut at Churchill Downs on July 4, then shipped to Saratoga to win the Schuylerville (GIII).  In her most recent start Georgie’s Angel was third behind Believe You Can in the Tempted. Javier Castellano has the riding assignment Sunday on Georgie’s Angel, who will break from post position three.

The field for the Pocahontas, from the rail out, is as follows: My Due Process (Manny Cruz, 120 pounds), Flashy Lassie (Lanerie, 123), Georgie’s Angel (Castellano, 123), On Fire Baby (Joe Johnson, 118), And Why Not (Garrett Gomez, 118), Glinda the Good (Julien Leparoux, 118), Taxi Dancer (James Graham, 118), Believe You Can (Saez, 123), Bet to Win (Rajiv Maragh, 118), Aubby K (Robby Albarado, 118), Heart of Destiny (Edgar Prado, 118) and Golden History (Shaun Bridgmohan, 118).