Coast to Coast Stakes Action on Opening Weekend at Saratoga, Del Mar

Grade 2 Ruffian winner VAULT heads to New Jersey this weekend to take her chance in the G3 Molly Pitcher for owners Kueber Racing, Madaket Stables, Little Red Feather, Barlar LLC and Elayne Stables #5. Vault will be running against Elite Sales graduate OUR SUPER FREAK.

Also representing the team at Monmouth this weekend will be NIGHT OPS who will line up in the G3 Monmouth Cup for owner Steve Landers. The G3 winner has suffered narrow defeats in his last two starts which includes 2nd place finishes in both the G3 Ben Ali at Keeneland and Blame S. at Churchill.

The winner of last year’s G3 Matchmaker, NAY LADY NAY (IRE) will look to capture the race for the second year in a row on Saturday for First Row Partners. A daughter of top sire No Nay Never, Nay Lady Nay previously captured the G2 Mrs. Revere at Churchill Downs and was a narrow 3rd in last year’s G1 Flower Bowl.

Recent private purchase FLASHIEST lines up in the Oceanside today on opening day at Del Mar for Wachtel Stable and Gary Barber who joined original owners Nicholas Drion and Mathilde Powell. The three-year-old son of Mizzen Mast is two for three in his young career.

Jim Bakke and Gerald Isbister’s HONEY PANTS will be looking for her first stakes win on Sunday in the Coronation Cup at Saratoga. The three year old filly by Cairo Prince showed a good turn of foot to capture an allowance at Belmont last out, marking the second win of her career.

The speedy SOUTHERN GRAYCE heads to the turf on Sunday at Ellis Park where she’ll be contesting the Pea Patch Overnight Stakes for owners 4 G Stables and Lance & Clint Gasaway.

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