Ria Antonia to Face Males in 2014 Risen Star
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Ria Antonia will be wintering at the Fair Grounds in preparation to face the boys in the Risen Star Stakes and the Louisiana Derby, according to co-owner Ron Paolucci.
The Kentucky Derby could be the filly’s ultimate goal for the year, according to Paolucci. If she wins the Louisiana, Ria Antonia would become just the third female in history to accomplish the feat.
Paolucci said in a recent ESPN report that he’s noted several female juvenile stakes finishing faster than their equivalent open stakes, including the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (which was won in 1:43.52) and the Juvenile Fillies (which finished in 1:43.02). He is confident that the 32-1 Breeders’ Cup longshot Ria Antonia can hold her own against next year’s 3-year-old male crop.
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