A pair of exceptional trotting fillies will prep in the opening qualifier, with Check Me Out starting from Post 6 and Miss Paris departing from Post 1.
Check Me Out, a three-year-old daughter of Donato Hanover-Illusion Bi who finished her rookie season on a six-race winning streak, is set to earn her first charted line of the season for trainer Ray Schnittker. The O’Brien Award-winning and Dan Patch Award-winning miss assembled a 14-2-0 record from 16 starts last year while banking close to $900,000 for Schnittker and partner Charles Iannazzo.
Miss Paris, a three-year-old daughter of Kadabra-Pizza Dolce, makes her first appearance of the year after stashing away more than $486,000 in earnings during her rookie season. The Richard ‘Nifty’ Norman-trained lass, who went 7-for-14 in 2011, capped off her initial campaign with a dominant performance in the $300,000 OSS Super Final for partners Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDuffee.
Cedar Dove, the winner of last year’s $500,000 Breeders Crown and the $291,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity, has drawn Post 2 in the tenth qualifier of Friday morning’s session. The Dan Patch Award-winning four-year-old daughter of Andover Hall-Pine For Her put together an impressive 7-for-17 record last season while adding more than $544,000 to a bankroll that now exceeds $732,000. Noel Daley trains the eight-time winner for Adam Victor And Son Stble of New York, NY and John Fielding of Toronto, ON.
Bettor Sweet will depart from Post 7 in Qualifier 15 for driver John Campbell, who guided the Tom Cancelliere-trained seven-year-old son of Bettors Delight-Sweet Future to a 1:48.4 score in last year’s $501,850 Breeders Crown Open Pace. The 22-time winner finished the year with an 8-for-24 record and seasonal earnings of $879,990. The career winner in excess of $2.2-million is owned by John Cancelliere of Clark, NJ.
Friday’s qualifiers get underway at 10 a.m.