Curalina Prepares to Challenge Elders in Beldame Stakes

Curalina Prepares to Challenge Elders in Beldame Stakes

Curalina, winner of the Acorn Stakes (gr. I) and Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I) earlier this summer, is expected to make her debut against older mares on September 26th in the $400,000 Beldame Invitational (gr. I) at Belmont Park.

The nine-furlong race is a major prep for the $2,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Distaff (gr. I) on October 30th at Keeneland, and a victory in the Beldame could go a long way toward securing Curalina an Eclipse award as the champion three-year-old filly of 2015. Trained by Todd Pletcher, Curalina most recently finished third in a slow-paced renewal of the ten-furlong Alabama Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, but she should appreciate the cutback in distance for the Beldame and signaled her readiness for the race by breezing a solid four furlongs in :49.49 over the Belmont training track on September 19th.

“I thought she worked very well and right now the plan would be to go [to the Beldame] if all the connections agree,” Pletcher was quoted as saying in the Belmont Park Notes for September 20th on the New York Racing Association website.

One of Curalina’s major rivals will be Wedding Toast, a five-year-old daughter of Street Sense trained by Kiaran McLaughlin. Unraced since winning the June 6th Ogden Phipps Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont by five lengths, Wedding Toast is 4-for-5 at Belmont and could be difficult to beat over her home track. She has posted five workouts in preparation for the Beldame, most recently going five furlongs in 1:01 flat at the Greentree Training Center on September 18th.

Also expected to start in the Beldame are Catch My DriftHot Stones, and House RulesCall Patt and Holiday’s Jewel are possible starters.

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Eric Rickard

Not sure if the field is the best in the world. I feel that Curalina is the third best 3 year old filly this year. The outcome will be a barometer of how I’m A Chatterbox might fare. Stellar Wind is also in the Mix.