From a Maryland Jockey Club release
Divine Dawn comes into Friday’s six-furlong Miss Preakness (G3), for three-year-old fillies, off a second-place finish in the Beaumont (G2) April 12 at Keeneland, and trainer Larry Jones hopes she will help him repeat history.
“We like running at Pimlico,” said Jones, known for fielding competitive fillies. “We won the Miss Preakness with Wildcat Bettie B (in 2006), and we’ve won the DuPont, with Buy the Barrel (in 2008). I know these races always come up tough, but we like that.”
This will be the 30th running of Miss Preakness, and the field will have a number of strong contenders including Graham Motion’s Miss Ella, undefeated in her only two starts including the seven-furlong Beaumont.
Streamsong, like Miss Ella, didn’t race until after she turned 3 this January. She has won two of her four starts and turned in performances that made the Miss Preakness her ultimate spring goal.
Friday, the Kodiak Kowboy filly will break from post 8 with trainer Tim Keefe believing she has a shot at winning. She was seventh in her stakes debut, the five-furlong Stormy Blues on grass April 18 at Pimlico.
“She came out of her last race in great shape,” Keefe said. “She’s worked in company and I couldn’t be happier. She likes dirt, I think she’s going to be a sprinter, and I think she can get this six furlongs. I think she can do this.”
Trainer Kathy O’Connell decided not to enter surging Lady Shipman, a winner of four straight, but is bringing Coco’s Wildcat to the party. Coco hasn’t won a race since July 2014, but over the last five months the Florida-bred hasn’t finished worse than third and is coming in off a second-place finish at Tampa Bay Downs.
“She’s training well and likes the short distances,” O’Connell said. “She went seven-eighths to be a very good second in Tampa. Over her career, she’s run very well. There’s only been one bad race and I can’t explain that. I don’t know what’s going to happen in this race – I’m not a handicapper – but I like to think I’ve done my job well and that we’ll be less than a 10-1 shot.”
Stakes winner Enchanting Lady, a Kaleem Shah-owned stablemate of Preakness Stakes contender Dortmund; Irish Jasper, a multiple stakes winner for trainer Derek Ryan; recent allowance winners Huasca and Spark; Regina Christina, Super Saks and Windy Forecast round out the field.