La Crete and a host of other quality fillies line up in Saturday’s $150,000 Silverbulletday Stakes at Fair Grounds.
It’s a prime lead-up race to some of the major fillies events later in the season, so the winner will be well-placed.
Horse racing betting markets are available for the feature race
La Crete is Well-Related
The daughter of Medaglia D’oro is a half-sister to Clairiere, so there are high expectations for the debut winner.
She was too classy for them when winning at Churchill Downs on debut, scoring by 2¼ lengths after pushing forward and holding them off.
Trainer Steve Asmussen, who has won the Silverbulletday Stakes four times, said she has trained on well since her November debut.
“I was very impressed with her first race,” Asmussen told BloodHorse. “She would have benefited from having a first-level allowance race, but due to lack of entries that option was not available to her. She’s trained nicely at the Fair Grounds.”
Despite being related to Clairiere and making a winning start, Asmussen doesn’t think she’s anywhere near the same level.
“Different filly, out of the great Cavorting,” Asmussen added. “She is not as mature at the same age as Clairiere, mentally or physically.”
The sportsbook has La Crete at 2-1, so she has attracted plenty of attention from bookmakers.
Sweet As for Sweet as Pie
It wasn’t the ideal race for Todd Pletcher’s Sweet As Pie, but he’ll get a good guide to how forward the filly is.
The daughter of Tapit won on debut at Belmont before finishing fourth in the Tempted Stakes, but Pletcher was desperate to get her around two turns, so the Silverbulletday Stakes came calling.
“We tried to get her into an allowance race at Gulfstream that didn’t go,” Pletcher explained. “We were looking around for opportunities to stretch her out around two turns to continue her development. This race was kind of a short field, but there are some pretty high-quality fillies in there so we will get a gauge of where we are at.”
She is on the second line of betting online markets at 5-2, which is a fair price for a quality debut winner. She might not have won last start, but she’s a progressive type with a strong backing.
Featuring in the ownership are John Magnier and Michael Tabor, so expectations are high and she could race on Kentucky Derby Day.
Pick La Crete to Win
We think it will be a two-horse war between La Crete and Sweet as Pie, but we’re picking the favorite to win.
La Crete could emerge into a star filly and we think the money is spot on. We expect her odds to firm on race day as betting momentum gathers, and she could firm to an odds-on quote.
Bettors shouldn’t be surprised if they cleared out and had the race to themselves.