The name says ugly, but all I see is beauty in this field of 14 fillies and mares that are set to take the stage in the Ugly Breeders Bowl Distaff. On a week when all eyes are focused on “the race” that is set to take place across the country in Maryland, we have a hidden gem that is set to run at 3 PM EST here in California. 14 horses, 12 Graded winners, and 6 Grade I winner will battle it out to be crowned Queen of the “uglies.” Let’s meet the ladies for this year’s field. Shall we?
PP #1- Roses Of Purple (mastermelite1)—8/1
Getting the rail start today will be this six year old mare out of Galileo. While disappointing in her last start, The Hannah Barbera Cap, where she ran a distant 8th and never was a factor after the halfway point, look for her to push the pace early and try and establish a quick lead. 9 furlongs seems to be this gals distance as the last two races (both Grade I) that were at this distance managed a 1st and 2nd place finish while running speeds of 118 and 110 respectively. Two races back, this gal led wire to wire to win the Banana Stallion Turf Mare Route with a speed of 113. That was her highest in nearly a year and she will probably need to match that to see her name on the board. The question of “does she have it in her” is an easy answer. That answer is yes. The question of “can she do it” is another story.
PP #2 Brahmatitania (skyrainbow)—10/1
In the two slot this weekend, you will have this five year old out of Darci Brahma. While she is five years old, she is very lightly raced in her career as she has just 14 starts. However, of those 14 starts, eight of them have been wins which tells me that she is no stranger to the winner circle. Her last Grade I race was nearly a year ago back in July of 2017. She managed just a 102 speed figure in that race while never challenging and finish 12th on the day. From there, she stayed in the graded ranks and that seems to have bumped up this girls confidence as she has ran three straight races where her speed figure has increased. Those races, two Grade II and a Grade III race have netted her a 2nd and 3rd place finish in her last two outings. Both of those outings have been at this distance, and I could very well see that happening again today. This will certainly be one to keep an eye on. Does she continue to improve those speed figures for a 4th straight race?
PP #3 Omnibot (deepesr6)—15/1
Another lightly raced five year old mare joins the field in the three hole. While this girl hasn’t quite got the same winning percentage as the previous girl, Omnibot should not be taken lightly as her speeds certainly back up her placement. Look for this mare out of Snitzel to sit mid-way back through most of the race and make a late push for the lead. She managed to nearly pull this off to perfection her last time out in The Saint Ana at 9 furlongs. While she did come up short in a 2nd place finish, she only finished one length behind and her speed figure of 113 backs up the strong race that she did run. While most attampts have been outside of Graded ranks, she did make the jump up 4 races back and has netted a win and a 2nd place finish in two tries. The most interesting tidbit with this girl is that she is the only one that carries the former “CLM” tag for those horses that have been run in claiming races previously. It looks like this girl was claimed for $40,000 back in 2016 as a three year old. This just goes to show everyone that persistence does pay off if you find the right time and placements for your horse.
PP #4 Devil Down (Catahoula)—14/1
Another former Grade I winner out of Camelot will bat cleanup in this field of 14. Ask most trainers in the sim these days, and there will be differing opinions on tune-up races and how they can help or hurt a horses chances in the following race. After having nearly two months off between her last race and this one, there should be plenty in the tank for Devil Down. She did have to work a little harder than she probably thought though to take her listed stakes by 2 lengths last time out. Her speed of 113 was her tops in the last year and a half and it looks as though she will need to repeat that speed if not improve to have a shot in this one. An interesting note for this girl is that she is making the drop in distance for the first time since March of 2017. That was the last time she raced in anything under 10 furlongs. For a horse who usually likes to make a late push, you have to wonder if that change in distance will affect her ability to come back in this one. She is well rested, she is well tested, but will the change in distance allow her to be bested?
PP #5 Better Like Her (moreready7)—22/1
Our 2nd longshot for this one will be one of very few that haven’t won a Graded race. However that doesn’t mean that this girl isn’t Graded tested. That means, like all girls in this one, she shouldn’t be taken lightly. This four year old filly has the sire (Medaglia D’Oro) and mother to back up her entry in this race. In addition, she also has some history under her belt in races of this magnitude. Back in October, this girl raced in her last Grade I race where she did manage a 3rd place finish and just ran out of ground to catch the leader. In her next four starts however, she hasn’t managed to hit the board though her speeds have been on a steady increase since December. Her speed figure of 109 last time out in a listed stakes was her best in the last year and a half. The big question is does she have enough in the tank to improve upon her last few starts. We know she is going to need it with this monster field.
PP #6 Lady In The Street (wisedan)—14/1
The daughter of Tiznow will take the six slot in the field this week and try to win her third race in a row as she hasn’t lost since January of this year. Her last race was a tune up allowance race where she won going away at 2 and ¾ lengths. Before that however, she was able to run a very eye opening 114 speed figure to win the Grade III OK Bayou BB Handicap. This girl will sit near the front, though she tries to stay off of the lead until about 2/3 of the way through the race. Expect her to sit in about the 4-8 position and start making a push at the halfway mark. If she can remain in the top 3-4 heading into the stretch, she may just pull this one out. While this girl has won a Graded race on the turf, she actually has more races (8) on the dirt than she does (6) on the grass. In July of 2016, this girl made the switch to the grass and saw her career take off. She now is the proud owner of a listed and Graded stakes win along with a Grade II 2nd place finish on the grass. Don’t let the limited grass races fool you though. This girl has the goods for the grass.
PP #7 Ms. Prissy (silversun5)—10/1
The four-year-old filly out of Dansili will mark the halfway point in our field of 14 this weekend. She has certainly been on fire as she has ran speed figures of over 110 in all four of her last races. That has netted her two wins (Grade III and Grade II) as well as two seconds (Grade III and Grade II) and she looks to get back in the winners circle like she did her last time out at 9 furlongs. Her last Grade I race came back in August of last year, but prior to that she had run in three consecutive Grade I races. She managed a 2nd, 3rd, and two 4th place finishes in those four straight Grade I races. So at 10/1, this girl might be worth at least a show bet if not a bet across the board. Another horse who will want to sit mid-pack before making a move at the halfway point. It will be a battle in the middle at the halfway point. She has the closing speed to do it. In her two wins in her last four races, she has sat a little further back in the field and made a strong closing push. If she manages to get caught up going too fast too soon, she will probably come up short like last time out.
PP #8 Guineas Blonde (mtk1offspring)—7/1
A hall of famers daughter out of Fastnet Rock starts the 2nd half of our field and she too has been on a tear as of late. This girl hasn’t lost since October of last year, though that was the last time she will have faced some Grade I competition. After struggling in a 10 furlong Grade I Yellow Submarine Stakes, this girl ran in three straight listed stakes races. She made quick work of the competition as she managed to win all three races in differing ways. In addition, speed figures have been above 110 in each of her last four races. After rounding back into form, she was entered back into the Graded ranks and managed to finish 1st in a Grade II The Randy Vet stakes. One of the nicer things about this girl is that she has proven she can win in multiple ways during the last few months. She has both sat near the front and sat mid-pack. However, each time she has managed to come out with a trip to the winners circle. She just passed the 1 million dollar mark in her last race. She will look to add to that this weekend when she goes for five in a row.
PP #9 Tears In Seattle (bodgit)—5/1
This morning line favorite is a six-year-old daughter of Street Cry and is no stranger to the Grade I ranks. She is well tested and certainly up to any challenge. She has managed to miss the board just twice in the last year and a half, and both of those times have been against the boys in open competition Grade I races. It isn’t like she was outmatched in either of those races however as she managed to best half of the field with a 4th and 6th place finish. The only girl to win an end of the year award in today’s field, she will sit back and take her sweet time before making a late push for the lead. She has the ability though and is my favorite for the race this weekend. She is no stranger to this race either as she managed a 3rd place finish last year on the grass in this same race. She will try and improve on that this weekend when she goes for her 3rd Grade I win since August of last year.
PP #10 Dynimal (ticketman2)—7/1
A five-year-old daughter out of Animal Kingdom will start the race in the first double digit gate of the race. Coming out of the 10 gate, she will look to improve upon her 5th place finish in the last Grade I race she was entered in. That race though, the Equinics, presented a lot of competition. She makes the stay at 9 furlongs which has been her sweet spot in the last three races. She has managed speed figures of 113 and 114 in her last two trips at 9 furlongs. This had an 8 furlong speed figure of 109 sandwiched in-between it. While she hasn’t had a lot of Graded completion in the last year and a half, she has had really nice form in her Graded races in the past five starts. Her past five starts have all been against Graded competition where she has managed two 2nd place finishes and a first place finish in the Grade II Black Betty Handicap last time out. Her form is good, her pedigree is good, will she be good in her 2nd race against Grade I competition?
PP #11 Bluegrass Gem (rrl)—33/1
The longshot in the race this weekend comes in at just 33/1 as we head to post. The four-year-old daughter out of Bluegrass Cat will make the switch back to the grass after attempting her 4th dirt race last time out. While she does have a 2nd place finish in the Grade I ranks, her form has been up and down since switching trainers in December of last year. After two listed stakes tries in December and January netted just a 6th and 5th place finish, she was forced to make the move back down to the Allowance ranks. Even still, this girl hasn’t been able to find the winners circle as she has managed just a 2nd and 3rd place finish in four Allowance races. She’s making a big jump up in class this week and will need some help from other factors to find her way to the winners circle for just the 1st time since April of 2017. She’s going to try and jump out early, so if the other horses try to fight her for that lead early on, she might have a shot. However, she looks to struggle with the ladies who will be charging late in this one.
PP #12 Sili Cadet (cadet4)—10/1
Another daughter of Dansili will look to find the winners circle for the 5th time in the last year this weekend coming out of the 12 gate. The struggle with this girl seems to be finding the winners circle in the Graded ranks as three of her last four wins have been against Allowance competition. However, she has won two in a row and managed to best the field in the Grade II The Black Dahlia back in December of last year. Since then she has just one race and that was an Allowance win at 7.5 furlongs. While she hasn’t run a speed figure of under 100 since April of last year, she also hasn’t run at anything more than 8.5 furlongs in that time frame either. That means that, while speed figures have been pretty consistent, they have all been under the 9 furlong distance. This girl is another one that will look to sit back and take her chances late in this one. Her last three races have me excited that she can get the job done in this one. However, she will have a lot of competition late and that I do not like.
PP #13 Sweet Chilli Filly (arton)—7/1
This six-year-old daughter out of Peintre Celebre will look to improve upon her 3rd place Equinics finish in February of this year. While her last time out didn’t go exactly as planned, she is sitting at 7/1 for a reason and shouldn’t be taken lightly in this one. She is going to look to set the lead early in this one which has been her bread and butter for most of her racing career. However, as of late, that hasn’t quite worked out for her as she hasn’t found the winners circle since August of last year. That race though, The Grade I Cedora D Stakes, wasn’t even her best speed figure in the last ten races. She ran a 115 speed figure in her Equinics start just a few months ago. She will need to best that in order to win this weekend. However, if she manages to get an early lead while conserving a little energy, she could be quite the factor. While I wouldn’t count this girl out, she will have a lot of work cut out for her after the halfway point. Does she have enough to lead wire to wire? We will find out this Saturday.
PP #14 Judged By Cadet (litde)—10/1
Rounding out the field today, we have the four-year-old daughter of Dubawi who is a very lightly raced filly. Garnering just 13 career starts (5 of those on the dirt), she is pretty experienced for this point in her racing career. After making the switch to the grass in June of last year, she has managed to hit the board in six of her eight races. She rattled off four wins in a row, including a Grade II and Grade I victory, in September and October of last year. However, since then, her form has been up and down and her attempts at Grade I competition have not gone well. She has a 2nd place Allowance finish and a 1st place listed stakes finish last time out. However, she has managed just an 8th place finish (Equinics) and 7th place finish in her last two Grade I races. Her speed figure of 116 last time out in her listed stakes race show that she sure has the ability to turn some heads this weekend. If she can manage not to get sucked up too close to the front, save some energy for mid-race, and get a jump on the other ladies that will be coming from the back, she certainly has a shot in this one.
Win- Tears In Seattle
Place- Guineas Blonde
Superfecta Special- Lady In The Street