For Immediate Release: Friday, May 24, 2013
$75,000 MY JULIET TOPS SATURDAY CARD AT PARX Local Grade 2 Winner Heads Field
David Blethen’s Withgreatpleasure, the April 6th winner of the Grade 2 Ruffian Handicap at Aqueduct, will head the field in the $75,000 My Juliet Handicap Saturday afternoon at Parx Racing. The five year-old Hold That Tiger mare has been terrific for trainer David Nunn facing some of the nation’s best fillies and mares all season long and will seek her third win this year when she faces five rivals in the six furlong stake.
Following a four year-old season that saw her finish with three seconds in three consecutive stakes, Withgreatpleasure opened 2013 with yet another runner-up finish, running second behind Twice the Lady in the $75K Affectionately Stakes at Aqueduct. She came right back three weeks later and ran third at 22-1 in the G2 Barbara Fritchie Handicap at Laurel in the first graded appearance of her career. Then in early April, she surprised many with a 14-1 upset win in the G2 Ruffian, besting My Wandy’s Girl, and Twice the Lady. Saturday, she’ll be coming back on short rest. A week ago, she ran in another graded race, finishing third in the G2 Vagrancy Handicap at Belmont Park. Stewart Elliott has been named to ride.
She’ll face formidable opposition in the form of the defending My Juliet winner, Martin Scafidi’s Winning Image. The six year-old Southern Image mare is a multiple stakes winner out of the Mike Aro barn, will make her seasonal debut Saturday and will look to use her big time speed from the inside gate. She made nine starts last year, all in stakes, winning three times, the Langhorne here at Parx in March, the My Juliet here in May, and a season ending win in the $100,000 Willa On the Move Stakes at Laurel. She comes into the race off some impressive morning works, breezing five-eighths here on April 13th in 1:00.02 and her latest, a half-mile clocked in 46.28 here on May 7th. Expect her to go to the front under regular rider Jose Caraballo in hopes of repeating her victory in this race last year.
Another interesting contender is Villette. Owned by Virginiana and trained by John Servis, the four year-old Petionville filly has shown major over the last seven months. Since a defeat on November 3rd, she’s won three of four, including her first two allowance conditions and her first stakes win, a victory here in the Foxy JG Stakes April 13th. Jockey Stewart Elliott will have a choice to make as he’s named on this filly as well.
Completing the field are Appealing Stella, a stakes winner trained by Jane Cibelli, J K L’s Legacy (John Servis) and Ms. Cruisen’ (Mike Aro).