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2013 Cotillion Preview

Cotillion Stakes at Parx

Close HatchesI have been assigned to preview the Cotillion Stakes which is a Grade 1 race for three year old fillies going a distance of 11/16 miles with a hefty purse of 1 million dollars. This is quite an event for Parx. The whole day is a great day for racing at Parx ending with the Pennsylvania Derby. The morning line favorite for the Cotillion is Close Hatches trained by William Mott and ridden today by Mike Smith. Close Hatches won her last race, the Mother Goose, in fine fashion by 7 lengths. That race was back in June so that was just about a 90 day layoff. She has had some good works since then though.

There is an undefeated filly in here by the name of  Sweet Lulu who won the Test, a Grade 1 event in August at Saratoga. That however was a 7 furlong affair and she has never gone beyond a mile so I can see why she is not the favorite even though she is unbeaten. She is ridden by Julien Leparoux today. She figures to be on or near the lead but can she carry that speed the 11/16 mile?

Seaneen GirlAnother one to look at is My Happy Face who is trained by Chad Brown and ridden by Javier Castellano. She is also coming out of the Test where she fanned 7 wide with a sweeping move only to come up 3rd by a neck. It is interesting that Mike Smith rode he in that one but opted to ride Close Hatches today.

One more to be considered is Bernard Flint’s Seaneen Girl ridden by Paco Lopez. She is coming off of a go away win in the Grade 3 Monmouth Oaks. Even though she has not won a Grade 1 race yet Flint believes she is worthy to try this one. I mean the $600,000 winner’s share is worth shooting for. She does like the longer races.

So how will it turn out here? I really don’t have a clear choice in this race but here goes. Seaneen Girl first, Close Hatches second and My Happy Face third. Don’t mortgage the house.

 

 

 

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