STREET LUTE TO TRY TURF IN STORMY BLUES
Lucky 7 Stables’ Street Lute, already a six-time stakes winner on the dirt, is set make her turf debut as part of a field of 13 entered in Sunday’s $100,000 Stormy Blues at historic Pimlico Race Course.
The Stormy Blues, a five-furlong sprint for three-year-old fillies, is one of five stakes, four on the grass, on Pimlico’s Sunday card. Among those are the Shine Again on the main track and PG County on the turf.
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Even as his young stable star has piled up wins on the dirt, trainer Jerry Robb has been waiting for a grass opportunity for Street Lute, a chestnut daughter of Street Magician out of the Midnight Lute mare Alottalute bred in Maryland by Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Bowman and Dr. Brooke Bowman. Street Lute is currently ranked third in the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred/The Racing Biz Top Midlantic-bred Poll for three-year-olds.
“She’s bred for grass top and bottom. Just off her breeding alone, I’d be shocked if she didn’t take to it. She’s got just a ton of natural ability,” Robb said. “I definitely want to try the grass if we have it, or I can go for the mud if we don’t.”
Street Lute won the 5 ½-furlong Small Wonder last fall at Delaware Park over a sloppy track while all her other races have come over fast surfaces including victories in the 2020 Smart Halo, Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship and Gin Talking and 2021 Xtra Heat and Wide Country during a five-race win streak, all at Laurel Park at six or seven furlongs.
Third when stretched out to a mile for the March 13 Beyond the Wire at Laurel, Street Lute exits her first off-the-board finish when sixth following a troubled trip in the six-furlong Miss Preakness (G3) May 14 at Pimlico on the Black-Eyed Susan (G2) undercard, her graded-stakes debut.
Street Lute has had one timed breeze since the Miss Preakness, going three furlongs in 36.20 seconds June 5 at Delaware Park, the fastest of 22 horses. Regular rider Xavier Perez – who earned his 1,000th career win Monday at Delaware on Robb-trained In the Loop – climbs back aboard from Post 10 in a field of 13 that includes main track only entrant Malibu Beauty.
“Her last race she broke horrible, got pinched back and had no shot. Plus, it was a tough spot,” Robb said. “I’m looking for her to bounce right back.”
Street Lute is 6-1 on the morning line, with the Christophe Clement-trained Honey Pants the 7-2 morning line favorite in a wide-open affair.