Grade I Winner Personal Diary Heads 49 Nominations to Grade II Mrs. Revere

Nov 01, 2014 John Cox

G. Watts Humphrey Jr. and St. George Farm Racing LLC’s Grade I winner Personal Diary headlines a cast of 49 3-year-old fillies nominated to the $200,000-added Mrs. Revere (Grade II) at Churchill Downs on Saturday, Nov. 15.

Named for the filly that captured four stakes wins under the Twin Spires in the mid-1980s, the Mrs. Revere will be contested at 1 1/16 miles on the Matt Winn Turf Course.

Personal Diary, trained by Vicki Oliver, was an impressive come-from-behind 2 ¾-length winner of the $300,750 Del Mar Oaks (GI) in August and returned to finish a good third behind impressive Crown Queen in the $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (GI) at Keeneland on Oct. 11. Overall, the daughter of City Zip has earned $315,636 in 11 starts.

Personal Diary is one of a dozen Mrs. Revere nominees that has earned more than $200,000: Testa Rossi-FR ($470,439), Shanon Nicole ($377,083), Personal Diary ($315,636), Kiss Moon ($266,676), Kiss to Remember ($249,196), Miss Frost ($241,481), Lady Lara-IRE ($236,664), Daring Dancer ($233,080), Distorted Beauty ($224,300), Sandiva-IRE ($219,330), A Little Bit Sassy ($216,614) and Walk Close ($204,200).

Thomas Coleman and James Covello’s Testa Rossi-FR banked a majority of her earnings with a runner-up effort in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (GI). The multiple Grade III winner from the Chad Brown barn hasn’t started since finishing fourth as the favorite in April’s $500,000 Ashland (GI) at Keeneland.

Connie ApostelosShanon Nicole, trained by Mike Maker, has captured back-to-back stakes wins in the $205,200 Indiana Grand and $200,000 Remington Park Oaks, both on dirt.

Carl Pollard’s Kiss Moon has a pair of stakes wins on turf for trainer Dave Vance: a division of the $75,000 Hatoof at Arlington Park and a gate-to-wire score in the $103,800 TaWee at Indiana Grand.

Maggi Moss’ Kiss to Remember was beaten a neck by Kiss Moon in the TaWee after finishing second in the $500,000 Charles Town Oaks (GIII) over seven furlongs for trainer Tom Amoss.

Dogwood Stables’ Miss Frost has been training locally with Neil Howard. In August, the Curlin filly led every step of the way en route to a 4 ¾-length romp in the $100,000 Riskaverse at Saratoga while under the care of Tom Albertrani.

Ben Sangster and Swettenham Stud’s Lady Lara-IRE got up at the wire after a wide trip in her U.S. debut to land the $200,000 Pebbles at Belmont Park for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott. The Alfredo Callejas-trained Distorted Beauty, Christophe Clement trainee Walk Close and the Todd Pletcher-conditioned Sandiva-IRE were second, third and fourth, respectively.

Sagamore Farm’s Daring Dancer has two graded stakes wins on the year for trainer Graham Motion: the $200,000 Lake George (GII) at Saratoga and $100,000 Appalachian (GIII) at Keeneland. Most recently, the Empire Maker filly was sixth in the $500,000 Sands Point at Belmont Park on Sept. 13.

Ramona Bass’ A Little Bit Sassy crossed the wire first in Churchill Downs’ $111,900 Regret (GIII) on Stephen Foster Handicap Night but was disqualified to fourth for interference in the stretch. She returned to finish a head back of Daring Dancer in the Lake George, but has faltered in her last two starts: a fifth in the Sands Point and a ninth in the $150,000 Valley View at Keeneland on Oct. 17.

The Ben Colebrook-trained Sparkling Review, a 2 ¾-length winner of the Valley View for Beverly Anderson and Edward Seltzer, also is nominated to the Mrs. Revere.

Other graded stakes winners nominated to the prestigious grass race are RMJ Stables’ $105,000 Boiling Springs (GIII) winner Munirah and the Joan Scott-trained Speed Seeker, winner of the $154,417 Ontario Colleen (GIII) at Woodbine.


Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC’s Speedinthruthecity got away on the outside, stalked leaders in the early stages and then cruised to a 2 ¾-length victory in Friday’s $61,145 Dream Supreme at Churchill Downs. 

Sent off as the 3-5 favorite, the 4-year-old daughter of City Zip sat back as Frabster led through the opening quarter-mile in :22.48 and then Soft Whisper gained the lead after a half-mile in 46.72. The Steve Asmussen-trained Speedinthruthecity took the lead in the stretch and kicked clear under guidance from jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. to complete the six-furlong event in 1:10.78 over a fast track.

Speedinthruthecity rewarded backers with $3.20, $2.60 and $2.60. Soft Whisper held on for second and Table Three Ten was third. Rounding out the order of finish were Vuitton, Sweet Cassiopeia, Thetaloveandmine, Dream S’more and Frabster. Anahauc was scratched and is entered in Saturday’s $200,000-added Chilukki (Grade II).

“She’s a nice filly,” Santana said. “We got broke away from the pack on the outside and were pretty much right where we wanted to be the whole race. I knew going into it that my filly was the class of the race and she proved me right.”

“She ran her race,” Asmussen’s assistant Galen Prewitt said. “I have to say that Santana did an excellent job with her saving ground and she just sat perfectly. You really couldn’t ask for any more than what she gave us. It was a nice win.”

The Dream Supreme win marked the seventh for Speedinthruthecity in 18 starts. She has earned $402,751.

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