Birdatthewire Trying to Regain Form in $250,000 Princess Rooney Stakes

Birdatthewire Trying to Regain Form in $250,000 Princess Rooney Stakes

Category : News - Thu 30/06/2016 - 21:44 EDT

On Saturday at Gulfstream Park, the featured race is the $250,000 Princess Rooney Stakes. Restricted to fillies and mares, the Grade 2 event will be contested at seven furlongs on the main track and has drawn a field of eight.

Birdatthewire has been tabbed as the heavy favorite at odds of 8-5 for trainer Dale Romans. A four-year-old daughter of Summer Bird, she has won four of her fifteen starts and was a multiple graded stakes winner at three. She has struggled from four starts this year and has not hit the board in her last three starts, most recently the Humana Distaff (G1) at Churchill Downs. Tyler Gaffalione will be aboard and they will break from post position four.

Spellling Again a consistent contender

Second choice at morning line odds of 3-1 is Spelling Again for trainer Brad Cox. A five-year-old daughter of Awesome Again, the bay mare has won five of her nineteen starts and has been on the board a total of thirteen times. She has been third in her most recent two starts against graded stakes competition and will be trying for her first win of the year. Luis Saez will be aboard from post position seven.

Cali Star back off of four month break

Also in the field at morning line odds of 9-2 is Cali Star, one of two horses in the race for trainer Martin Wolfson. A five-year-old daughter of Street Cry, she has won four of her twenty starts and is trying to earn her second graded stakes victory. She has been freshened since finishing fifth in a minor stakes race at Aqueduct and has been training forwardly. Cornelio  Velasquez will be aboard from the rail. 

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