Lost Raven looks to find Miss Preakness win

by | May 16, 2016 | Breaking, Maryland, MD Racing, Racing

Lost Raven won the Smart Halo at Laurel Park last November. Photo by Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey Club.

From a Maryland Jockey Club release

Lost Raven is one of 13 stakes winners to date from the first crop of youngsters sired by Uncle Mo. In Friday’s $150,000 Adena Springs Miss Preakness (G3) at Pimlico Race Course, owner Mike Repole is hoping his 3-year-old filly becomes Uncle Mo’s seventh graded stakes winner, a lofty list that includes Kentucky Derby (G1) winner and Preakness Stakes (G1) favorite Nyquist.

Repole campaigned Uncle Mo and kept a significant interest when the colt went to stallion duties at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky. Like Wood Memorial (G1) winner Outwork, Repole also bred Lost Raven, who comes into the six-furlong Miss Preakness off a victory in Aqueduct’s $125,000 Cicada. Like Uncle Mo and Outwork, Lost Raven is trained by Todd Pletcher.

“She’s a filly that we’ve kind of tried to stretch out a couple of times and she’s run competitively,” said Pletcher, whose strong stakes arsenal includes the exciting Stradivari in Saturday’s Preakness. “She’s a very consistent, hard-trying filly. We’ve identified her forte as shorter races. She’s had a nice freshening and she’s trained well. We’re looking forward to getting her into a graded stakes at six furlongs. I think she’ll like that.”

Ten 3-year-old fillies were entered Sunday for the 31st Miss Preakness, including the Graham Motion-trained Keeneland maiden winner Ultra Brat, another daughter of Uncle Mo.

Trainer Steve Asmussen entered the duo of Simple Surprise, winner of a turf stakes at Saratoga last summer in her second start, and Oaklawn allowance winner One True Kiss.

Trainer Keith Desormeaux, who finished second in the Kentucky Derby with Preakness-bound Exaggerator, has Santa Anita’s Landaluce winner Right There in the Miss Preakness.

Rounding out the field are the speedy She’s All Ready and R Girls a Charmer; California shipper Moment Is Right, and Keeneland allowance winners Quick Release and Banree.