2015 Barbara Fritchie Handicap

Barbara Fritchie at Laurel

Sam's SisterLet’s preview the running of the Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie Handicap for fillies and mares three year old and upward going seven furlongs for a purse of $300,000. The morning line favorite is Jerry Hollendorfer’s Sam’s Sister with Elvis Trujillo in the saddle. This four year old filly has won five out of six starts including a Grade 1 and a Grade 2 event at Santa Anita. She is coming east for the first time, but the regular rider is coming too. She seems to like running just off the pace and will more than likely have a good pace to run at today. I don’t usually agree with the morning line, but this time it seems as if they have a for real favorite here. Second choice in the ML is Michael Hushion’s Princess Violet with Jose Ortiz in the irons. She was second last year in the Grade 1 Mother Goose, but she was a full nine lengths behind Untappable. In her last start she got beat a nose in the Grade 3 Go For Wand Handicap at Aqueduct. She has come from just off the pace and she has tried to go wire to wire and I believe she likes the off the pace move better.

ToastingThe morning line’s third choice is Robin Graham’s five year old Lady Sabelia with Horacio Karamanos up. She is a local mare with a three race winning streak on the line, but with no graded stakes races showing in her past performance. Her speed figures have been quite impressive though, in fact they are the best in the race for six furlongs. She is versatile, too, coming just off the pace or going wire to wire. This is really a tough one to handicap. Of course I say that and the it turns out to be really simple. That is how it goes in horse racing some times. But since it is my job to try and pick a winner I will have a stab at it. As impressed as I am with Sam’s Sister, I really worry about her coming east for this. A lot of times horses that leave the west coast don’t do well here. I have to go with a seasoned veteran and give Thomas Albertrani’s Toasting the nod. She has plenty of graded stakes experience and I just have a hunch that she will show up big today. That is what I am basing this opinion on—a hunch. So take it with a grain of salt. I believe Lady Sabelia will finish second and Sam’s Sister will wind up third. There you have it. My most humble opinion. Happy Horse Picking Gals and Guys!



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