Lovable Lady looks for winning form in Geisha

by | Nov 17, 2016 | Breaking, Maryland, MD Racing, Racing

Lovable Lady looks to get back on track in the Geisha. Photo by The Racing Biz.

From a Maryland Jockey Club release

Stakes winners Lovable Lady and Chapel of Chimes, who each lost for the first time in four races last time out, will look to get back to winning form in the $75,000 Geisha, which wraps up the Fall Festival of Racing program.  The Geisha, for fillies and mares three and up bred or sired in Maryland, is contested at a distance of one mile.

Mary Eppler-trained Lovable Lady had won three in a row, including the Jameela Stakes on turf and Politely Stakes on dirt, both at six furlongs, before finishing third by a half-length as the favorite in the Maryland Million Distaff Oct. 22 at Laurel. She has been worse than third only once from 15 lifetime starts with six wins, four of them from nine races this year.

Kenneth Faust and Sajor Stable’s Chapel of Chimes is entered to return just 13 days after finishing third in the Claiming Crown Glass Slipper Preview at Laurel. Prior to that, the 3-year-old Etched daughter won a pair of allowance races before her 12-length blowout victory in the one-mile Maryland Million Distaff Starter Handicap. Four of her seven career wins have come at the Geisha distance of one mile.

Candida H. and Brenda’s Way, first and third, respectively, in the Conniver Stakes at Laurel; Rockin Jojo and Cee Bee Gee Bee, 1-2 ahead of Lovable Lady in the Maryland Million Distaff; 2015 Maryland Million Lassie winner Lexington Street; Politely Stakes runner-up Deliver Me; Moon Virginia, Nickyrocksforpops, Scip’s Sonata and Wowwhatbrat round out the field.