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Check out our predictions and odds for the 2021 Silverbulletday Stakes at Fair Grounds!
|B J Hernandez Jr
|R Santana Jr
$12 Exacta box – Souper Sensational and Sun Path = $24
$3 Exacta box – Souper Sensational, Sun Path and Minute Waltz = $18
Souper Sensational (7/2)
Led by the highly regarded Sun Path, a field of nine 3-year-old fillies are set to begin their seasons, as well as the road to the Kentucky Oaks, in Saturday’s $150,000 Silverbulletday Stakes at Fair Grounds.
Trained by Brad Cox, Sun Path is a well-bred daughter of Munnings who impressed everyone with a huge allowance victory over the track four weeks ago. Hoping to build off that 12 ¾-length romps, she is expected to be a solid favorite in the 1 mile and 70-yard affair. Florent Geroux will once again be in the saddle as she looks for her third straight victory.
Chief among her opponents will be Souper Sensational, who comes down from Canada after two dominant wins at Woodbine. A chestnut daughter of Curlin trained by Mark Casse, the $725,000 yearling purchase will be making her first start since a four-length score in the Glorious Song Stakes on October 17.
Of the rest, Divine Comedy and Littlestitious both come in off easy wins for top barns. The former is also trained by Brad Cox and looked very good in breaking her maiden at Fair Grounds in her second career start. While the latter has won two in a row, including a romping win in a stakes race at Delta Downs last time.
|Silverbulletday Stakes Information
|Saturday, January 16 — 5:21 pm Central time
|How to Watch
Beaten narrowly at Keeneland in her career debut after a less than ideal trip, this well-liked Juddmonte Farm homebred has looked the part of a Kentucky Oaks filly in winning her next two starts in style. The Brad Cox-trained daughter of Munnings impressively broke her maiden in start two, going 7 furlongs at Churchill Downs, before dismantling the field in a fast mile and 70 yards allowance race at Fair Grounds last month. Off that effort, she will be a deserving favorite on Saturday, and might only need a repeat performance to win in her stakes debut. Only the natural speed of her top rival might be her undoing.
While Sun Path has received a lot of buzz for her last two wins, this daughter of Curlin has flown a bit more under the radar. Having only raced on a synthetic surface up in Canada, she will be making her first start in both America, as well as on dirt on Saturday. Bred to handle it just fine, and working very well over the track, her transition to dirt should not be an issue. The Mark Casse-trained filly has a high cruising speed which was on full display in two impressive wins going 7 furlongs at Woodbine. It should serve her well as she breaks from the inside and stretches out in distance here. While the favorite looks to be a good one, I believe she will be as well, and her speed may give her a slight advantage, As the second choice, she is the top pick.
A Godolphin homebred, this one gives trainer Brad Cox a strong 1-2 punch in the Silverbulletday. After an inauspicious debut at Churchill Downs in September, the Into Mischief filly came back in December at Fair Grounds to easily dispatch her competition while going a mile and 70 yards in her second career start. While she is slightly behind the two favorites, in as far as experience against winners, she looks to have a bright future. Familiar with the trip, she looks to be the top threat to the two favorites.
Trained by Tom Amoss, this one had trouble breaking her maiden with a third and two seconds in her first three starts. She finally broke through in her fourth career start winning a maiden sprint at Keeneland. The Ghostzapper filly then parlayed that into another victory, taking home the My Trusty Cat Stakes at Delta Downs most recently. It was clearly her best effort yet but did come against the cheaper competition. Well-traveled, she will be running at her sixth different track already on Saturday. She is one to fear, but I think the competition might be too much for her in the Silverbulletday.
Coming in with two straight wins, you have to consider this daughter of Medaglia d’Oro. After beginning her career on the turf for trainer James Baker, she has improved with each start, including a hard fought victory at Fair Grounds last time in a race that was taken off
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