The Grade 1, $1 million Cotillion Stakes for 3-year-old fillies has drawn 14 nominations hoping for a start in the 51st Running of the race on Saturday September 21 at Parx. The Cotillion is part of the Breeders' Cup “Win and You're In” Series, awarding an automatic berth into the Distaff, and will be shown nationally for the first time as part of NBC's coverage beginning at 5pm EST.
Among the top contenders will be last year's Eclipse Award winning Champion 2-year-old filly, Jaywalk, who will make just the second start over the track she calls home since breaking her maiden by 7 1/2 lengths over the mud at Parx in July over a year ago in her second career start. From there she remained perfect under the colors of DJ Stables and the hands of trainer John Servis by adding the $50,000 White Clay Creek Stakes at Delaware Park to her resume before impressively wiring the field in both the Grade 1 Frizette at Belmont and her season ending 5 1/2 length victory in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at Churchill Downs.
The Kentucky-bred by Cross Traffic didn't begin her second year as strong by finishing fourth in the Grade 2 Davona Dale at Gulstream that was followed by a third place finish in the Grade 1 Ashland at Keeneland. Jaywalk finished sixth in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs, but then rebounded with a nine-length score in the Grade 3 Delaware Oaks at Delaware Park before her game second to Horologist in the Grade 3 Monmouth Oaks at Monmouth Park on August 17.
Jaywalk, with earnings of $1,653,500 through 10 career starts would give trainer John Servis his second Cotillion victory since Jostle in 2000.
Three Chimneys Farm plans to send their undefeated filly Guarana who would make just her fourth career start in the Cotillion. The Chad Brown-trained filly by Ghostzapper beat nine others at first asking while sprinting over a sloppy track at Keeneland. Her 14 3/4-length margin of victory sent her to a start in the Grade 1 Acorn on the Belmont Stakes Day undercard where she scored easily by six lengths.
The Kentucky-bred then tried two turns in the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga, and wired the field of five by a length at the wire.
Kaleem Shah's Bellafina began her 3-year-old campaign already a multiple Grade 1 winner, and kicked off her sophomore season by rattling off three straight victories for trainer Simon Callaghan beginning with an 8 1/2 length score in the Grade 2 Santa Ynez at Santa Anita. She then captured the Grade 2 Los Virgines and the Santa Anita Oaks before tiring to fifth in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks. The filly by Quality Road returned three months later in the Grade 1 Test at Saratoga and finished third behind winner Covfefe and Serengeti Empress.
For the latter it was the second straight runner-up finish after failing to catch runaway Guarana in the Acorn. The John Politi owned Serengeti Empress is set to bring her competitive speed with her to the Cotillion for trainer Tom Amoss. The filly by Alternation began the year with a front-running score in the Grade 2 Rachel Alexandra at Fair Grounds, but then stopped suddenly in the Grade 2 Fair Grounds Oaks and was vanned off before it was later determined that she bled. She then was saddled for a start in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks, and never looked back taking the field from gate to finish proving that she returned to her winning ways. The Kentucky-bred won her first graded stakes as a 2-year-old by taking the Grade 2 Pochahontas at Churchill Downs by 19 1/2 lengths in front-running fashion. She closed out the year with a seventh place finish in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.
Street Band will make her third attempt at winning her first Grade 1 race for trainer Larry Jones after finishing third in the Alabama at Saratoga on August 17. The filly by Istan, part owned by Jones, his wife Cindy, Ray Francis, Medallion Racing and MyRaceHorse Stable finished seventh in the Kentucky Oaks, but bookended that race with victories in the Grade 2 Fair Grounds Oaks and Grade 3 Indiana Oaks respectively. Street Band won her first start at Ellis Park as a 2-year-old, then failed to return to the winners' circle in her next three starts against allowance level competition. She started off her 3-year-old year with an allowance victory before finishing fourth in the Grade 2 Rachel Alexandra.
Others nominated to the Cotillion are: Afleet Destiny for owner Trin-Brook Stables and trainer Uriah St. Lewis; Arrifana for owners Gunpowder Farms LLC, Millennium Farms, Gainesway Stable and LNJ Foxwoods and trainer Kelly Rubley; Collegeville Girl for owners Robert Brittingham, Wire to Wire Stable Inc. Et Al and trainer Richard Vega; Dunbar Road for owner Peter Brant and trainer Chad Brown; Fashion Faux Pas for owners Denlea Farm and Kent Spellman and trainer Arnaud Delacour; Horologist for owner There's a Chance Stable and trainer John Mazza; Jeltrin for owner and trainer Alexis Delgado; She Makes Me Smile for owner Candy's Racing Stable and trainer Trevor Gallimore and Sweet Sami D for owners ABL Stable, Dominic Bossone, Patrick Donnelly, Jacob Schnoor and W. Oberdorf and trainer Patrick McBurney.
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