(Nov. 5, 2008) – Trainer Barclay Tagg returns to the scene of his greatest triumph in racing on Saturday when he sends out Lael Stables’ My Princess Jess in the 18th running of the $175,000-added Mrs. Revere (GII) for 3-year-old fillies going 1 1/16 miles over the Matt Winn Turf Course.
The Mrs. Revere, which attracted a field of 11, will go as the ninth race on Saturday’s 10-race card. First post time is 12:40 p.m. ET.
Tagg, who saddled Funny Cide to win the 2003 Kentucky Derby, won last year’s Mrs. Revere when Bit of Whimsy scored by a half-length over Ciao. Like Bit of Whimsy, My Princess Jess enters the Mrs. Revere off an appearance in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (GI) at Keeneland, a race that Bit of Whimsy won.
My Princess Jess rallied to finish third in the QE II after breaking from post position 11. She will exit from the outside No. 11 hole in the Mrs. Revere under Eibar Coa on Saturday and carry co-high weight of 121 pounds.
My Princess Jess has won four of eight starts this year with stakes victories coming in the Boiling Springs (GIII) at Monmouth Park and the Lake George (GII) at Saratoga.
One other runner from the QE II is in the Mrs. Revere field, Magdalena Racing’s My Baby Baby, who finished 11th in the Keeneland race. Trained by Ken McPeek, My Baby Baby will break from post position one under Robby Albarado, who won the 2005 Mrs. Revere aboard My Typhoon.
Another runner who figures to command attention Saturday is Helen Alexander and Helen Groves’ Acoma, who won her turf debut in the Valley View (GIII) at Keeneland on Oct. 17. Trained by David Carroll, Acoma has won four of seven career starts and claimed the Dogwood (GIII) on the main track at Churchill Downs this spring. Julien Leparoux has the mount and will break from post position three.
The field for the Mrs. Revere, from the hedge out, is as follows: My Baby Baby (Robby Albarado, 117 pounds), Clear Pond (E.T. Baird, 117), Acoma (Julien Leparoux, 117), Seemingly (Calvin Borel, 117), Scolara (Kent Desormeaux, 117), Absolutely Cindy (Larry Melancon, 117), Golden Doc A (Jesus Castanon, 117), Raw Silk (Shaun Bridgmohan, 121), Dark Sky (Jamie Theriot, 117), Sky Mom (Miguel Mena, 117) and My Princess Jess (Eibar Coa, 121).