Unbeaten filly Stonesintheroad faces challenge in Aqueduct’s Cicada
By Matt Shifman
After three impressive front running victories against New York-breds at Aqueduct since December 30, trainer Jeremiah Englehart has decided to get a measure of just how good the daughter of Bustin Stones is when she tries open company in the $100,000 Cicada.
Most recently, the chestnut 3-year-old became a stakes winner when she overcame a less than ideal start to take the Franklin Square by almost four-lengths exactly a month ago. Notably, her speed figures have improved in each of her races.
“Following her win in the Franklin Square, she really came out of that race well, and we wanted to give her a try against open company,” said Englehart. “We want to test her ability to see where stands against other 3-year-old fillies in the country. She’s certainly trained well enough and performed well enough against state-breds, so we’re deciding to take our shot.”
In the Franklin Square she handed the speedy Forgotten Hero [ML 8-1] the first defeat of her career. That John Toscano Jr. trainee did get comprised at the start and comes back here looking to turn the tables on Stonesintheroad [ML 2-1].
“She got bumped leaving the gate last time,” said Toscano. “I guess that accounted for the poor performance. She’s pretty quick and hopefully she’ll recover from that effort and we’ll get her rolling again.”
In addition to those New York-breds, trainer Todd Pletcher sends two fillies into the Cicada looking for their first stakes victory. Guacamole [ML 5-1] won an allowance race at Aqueduct in her return from a November layoff. Last year she ran exclusively in stakes after breaking her maiden at first asking at Saratoga. Two Dozen Roses [ML 12-1] makes the third start of her recent form cycle.
Second choice in the field of eight is Miss Imperial [ML 5-2] who ran second in the Ruthless Stakes at the Big A in January for trainer Jason Servis.
The Cicada is part of the weekly Cross-Country Pick 5 which combines races from Aqueduct and Oaklawn Park.
Leg 1 – Oaklawn, Race 7: $100,000 Nodouble Breeders’ (5:09 p.m.)
Leg 2 – Aqueduct, Race 8: $100,000 Cicada (5:37 p.m.)
Leg 3 – Oaklawn, Race 8 (5:38 p.m.)
Leg 4 – Aqueduct, Race 9 (6:08 p.m.)
Leg 5 – Oaklawn, Race 9: $125,000 Gazebo (6:09 p.m.)