By Emily Shields
The feature race of the Friday card at Saratoga in New York is the $100,000 Coronation Cup for sophomore filly sprinters on the grass. The nine-horse field is evenly matched, with Artie’s Princess one of two runners from the Wesley Ward outfit.
#8 Artie’s Princess has been favored in all four career starts to date. The daughter of We Miss Artie has won three of those, including an impressive four-length score at Woodbine on June 6. This will be her first try off that synthetic surface, but she gets an excellent pilot in Irad Ortiz, Jr.
#2 Karak is Ward’s second entrant. The daughter of Karakontie has run seven times, with an 8 ½ length score in the Cincinatti Trophy at Turf Paradise February 14. She has only run once since then, in an allowance at Churchill Downs May 16, where she finished third. Tyler Gaffalione will ride the $365,000 juvenile purchase, a winner three times.
#1 Always Inthe Munny has done just that. The Munnings daughter has never been worse than third, and is coming off two straight open length wins. She has been running against lighter competition at Lone Star Park and Will Rogers Downs, but is a stakes winner and transfers to the barn of trainer Tom Amoss. Kendrick Carmouche will ride.
Mark Casse will start Fly So Pretty, a daughter of Sky Messa who broke her maiden over this trip last July. She went on to be a stakes winner sprinting on the grass at Aqueduct in November, and has only run once since then in an off turf race at Churchill. Her only two bad races have been going long and running off the turf. This race should suit.
#6 Bredenbury beat several of these when winning the Lady Shipman at Belmont on June 21. That was a six-furlong dash and she earned her highest career speed figure for trainer Graham Motion. Luis Saez is named back on the Irish-bred daughter of Night of Thunder. Bredenbury has been top three in five of nine.
#9 She’s My Type has drawn outside. The French-bred daughter of Dunkerque has only been worse than third once, and that was in graded company at Gulfstream Park. Hot trainer Christophe Clement conditions the filly, who will have Joel Rosario aboard. She lost to Bredenbury last out.
Miss J McKay, Shippy, Lexi On the Move complete the field. The Coronation Cup goes as Race 9 on a 10-race program. Bet on the 2020 Saratoga summer meeting every day with TVG.com.
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