JESTER CALLS NOJOY SOLID FAVE IN MD JUVENILE FILLIES
Saturday’s pair of Maryland-bred stakes at Laurel Park are set to take place after two weeks of delays necessitated by the track’s closure to repair some issues with the racing strip.
Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher has kept the The Elkstone Group’s homebred Jester Calls Nojoy on target for the Juvenile Fillies. A bay daughter of Maclean’s Music, she will be getting some class relief after running sixth in the Oct. 3 Frizette (G1) at Belmont Park and fifth in the Oct. 29 Myrtlewood at Keeneland in her most recent efforts.
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Jester Calls Nojoy shows a steady string of half-mile works over Belmont’s training track since her last start, including 50.88 seconds Dec. 4 and 49.66 Dec. 11, as she chases her first stakes victory.
“We’ve been fortunate that we’ve been able to continue training as normal,” Pletcher said. “We’ve gotten two breezes into her since the race was originally carded, so hopefully we have her fit and ready to go.”
Luna Belle, Sparkle Sprinkle and Sweet Gracie all faced off in the Oct. 23 Maryland Million Lassie and are entered to meet again in the Juvenile Fillies. Eric Rizer homebred Sparkle Sprinkle was third by a length, a head in front of Luna Belle. Sweet Gracie wound up eighth after forcing eventual winner Buff My Boots early.
Deborah Greene and trainer Hamilton Smith’s Luna Belle, a homebred daughter of Great Notion, returned to be second in the Nov. 13 Smart Halo at Laurel, beaten 3 ¼ lengths by Buy the Best but 7 ½ lengths clear of third-place finisher Click to Confirm, who also comes back in the Juvenile Fillies.
Tee N Jay Stable’s Dazzy, like Jester Calls Nojoy, has maintained a regular work schedule at Belmont ahead of what will be her stakes debut in her second career start. The Divining Rod filly was a 12-length winner of a restricted maiden special weight Oct. 29 at Belmont and tuned up for the Juvenile Fillies with a half-mile breeze in 48.45 seconds over its training track Dec. 11, ranking ninth of 117 horses.
Completing the field is Three M’s Racing and Rafael Lopez’s Preparefortakeoff, a maiden special weight winner sprinting seven furlongs two starts back Oct. 21 at Laurel.