Saturday’s draws are out, and this weekend will see some bicoastal graded stakes action featuring daughters of Curlin.
Danette (Sugar Britches, by Dixieland Band) will race in the Starlet Stakes (GI) at Los Alamitos on Saturday, December 13, going a mile and a sixteenth on the dirt. She returns for the first time since her fifth-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (GI) on November 1. In that race she ran well, especially in light of how well the track was playing for speed. She got bumped at the start, but found a nice place along the rail, and made a long, sustained run at leader Take Charge Brandi. Danette did not get all the way there, but she finished just 1 1/2 lengths behind the wire-to-wire winner. The filly has started six times so far; though she is still a maiden, she has hit the board three times — including a third-place finish behind Angela Renee in the Chandelier Stakes (GI). This will be her third straight start in Grade I company, her third straight race at eight and a half furlongs, and her first over the Los Alamitos course.
Ol Donyo (Royal Tigress, by Storm Cat) returns in the Sugar Swirl Stakes (GIII) at Gulfstream on Saturday, December 13. The race is at six furlongs on the dirt — a furlong shorter than the Musical Romance Stakes, a race she won at Gulfstream two starts back, on September 20. She does have two wins at this six-furlong distance: a maiden win at Parx last June, as well as an allowance win at Gulfstream this past August. Last out, she finished third in the Sky Beauty Stakes at this distance over the Gulfstream Park West course, after drifting very wide through the turn and losing a lot of ground. If she can straighten out her course this time, she should be competitive. The second-place winner from that race, Best Behavior, crushed the Claiming Crown Glass Slipper last weekend at Gulfstream, and winner Merry Meadow will be one of her foes today. Pacewise, she will probably need someone to go with R Free Roll on the front end, but if there is any kind of speed duel, she is sharp enough to try and pick up the pieces.
Good luck to Danette and Ol Donyo in their quests to become Curlin’s next graded stakes winner!