SPEEDY ALLIFORD BAY HEADS $50,000 KENT STAKES
AUBURN, Wash. (May 22, 2017) – Peter Redekop’s exciting Alliford Bay heads a field of nine 3-year-old fillies nominated to Sunday’s $50,000 Kent Stakes at Emerald Downs.
At 6 ½ furlongs, the Kent is the second of four open stakes for sophomore fillies and the last sprint of a series that culminates July 23 with the $75,000 Washington Oaks at 1 1/8 miles.
A Kentucky-bred by City Zip, Alliford Bay delivered one of the season’s sharpest efforts to date, rolling to a 3 ¼-length victory over Risque’s Legacy in the May 7 Seattle Stakes. Her winning time of 1:08.92 translated to a 90 Beyer, which is a rare achievement for a 3-year-old filly in these parts.
Unbeaten in two starts with earnings of $43,100, Alliford Bay breezed a half-mile in :49 1/5 Sunday and will be a short price if she runs Sunday.
Although she was knocked from the unbeaten ranks, Karl Krieg’s Risque’s Legacy turned in a sharp effort while finishing runner-up in the Seattle. Washington’s champion 2-year-old filly of 2016, Risque’s Legacy set fractions of :21.85 and :44.46 before yielding to Alliford Bay, and was 5 ¾ lengths clear of third-place finisher Blazinbeauty.
Darrin Paul’s Blazinbeauty also ran well in her 2017 season debut while rallying for third, and she figures to improve with more distance. A Kentucky-bred by Tale of Ekati, Blazinbeauty was a stakes winner short and long last year and tops the nominees in earnings with $89,075.
Where We At’s Daddyalwayssays comes off a promising career debut on May 13, rallying for a three-quarter-lengths victory vs. straight maidens at 5 ½ furlongs.
$50,000 Kent Stakes, Sunday, May 28
3-Year-Old Fillies, 6 ½ Furlongs
Horse. . . . . . .Owner. . . . . . .Trainer
Alliford Bay (3-KY) Peter Redekop B.C. Ltd. Blaine Wright
Blazinbeauty (3-KY) Darrin Paul Frank Lucarelli
Daddyalwayssays (3-KY) Where We At Kay Cooper
Getting Joellenned (3-KY) George & Jane Todaro or Scott Kruse Tom Wenzel
Irish Lass (3-KY) Mohamad Khan Steve Koler
Reginella (3-CAL) Luigi DiPietro or Diana DiPietro Blaine Wright
Retreat Yourself (3-WA) Mark Malnati Doris Harwood
Risque’s Legacy (3-WA) Karl Krieg Tom Wenzel
Sorceress Warning (3-CAL) Craig, Glasgow or Ortiz Sr. Manny Ortiz