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Lady Edith Leads Clement Trio in Autumn Days

Classy rival Change of Control returns to turf after not firing on synthetic.

Lady Edith wins the Floral Park Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack

Lady Edith wins the Floral Park Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack

Coglianese Photos/Chelsea Durand

Trainer Christophe Clement has entered a formidable trio in Lady Edith, Honey Pants, and Hit the Woah in the $150,000 Autumn Days Stakes, a six-furlong outer turf sprint for older fillies and mares Nov. 27 at Aqueduct Racetrack.

The Autumn Days, slated for race 8, is part of an action-packed nine-race card that includes the $150,000 Discovery Stakes in race 7 and the $120,000 Tepin Stakes in race 6. 

Abbondanza Racing and Omar Aldabbagh's graded-placed Lady Edith (post 9, Joel Rosario) is likely to be the most fancied by the betting public of Clement's starters after a three-length score in the six-furlong Floral Park Stakes Oct. 16. With Joel Rosario up, the 4-year-old Street Boss chestnut stalked the early pace of stablemate Too Sexy before drawing away to a comfortable victory.

Clement said the six-furlong distance is perfect for the five-time winner.

Jim Bakke and Gerald Isbister's multiple stakes-placed Honey Pants (post 4, Irad Ortiz, Jr.) makes her first start since a closing fifth-place finish in the five-furlong Sensible Lady Turf Dash Stakes Sept. 24 over firm footing at Pimlico Race Course.

"Finally, she is going to get to run six furlongs," Clement said, noting she is at her best on firm ground.

Hoolie Racing Stable and Madaket Stables' stakes-placed Hit the Woah (post 6, Javier Castellano) closed to finish second to returning rival Athwaaq last out in a six-furlong allowance optional claimer Nov. 4. 

The Clement trio faces a challenge from Perry Harrison's multiple graded stakes winner Change of Control, who returns to her best surface on turf after running ninth on synthetic in the Sept. 19 Presque Isle Downs Masters Stakes (G2).

Annette Allen's graded stakes winner Stolen Holiday and Lawrence Goichman's multiple graded stakes-placed Star Devine are other contenders.

Pletcher Starts Saint Tapit, Be Better in Search of Seventh Discovery Win

In early Sunday stakes action, Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher will saddle two contenders, Saint Tapit and Be Better, in hopes of securing a record-extending seventh victory in the $150,000 Discovery, a 1 1/8-mile main track test for sophomores. 

Saint Tapit, a royally-bred son of Tapit  out of 2011 Horse of the Year Havre de Grace, will look to improve from a last-out third-place effort in an Oct. 20 allowance optional claimer at Keeneland. There, he rallied from sixth-of-12 to finish 5 3/4 lengths back of the victorious Trademark.

Be Better, the more seasoned of the two Pletcher runners, arrives from an off-the-board finish when trying turf for the first time in the Hill Prince Stakes (G2T) Oct. 22 during the Belmont at the Big A meet. The dark bay son of Uncle Mo  stalked four lengths off the pace in fifth and improved to be third at the three-quarters call, but faded to ninth at the stretch call and was defeated 4 1/2 lengths by the winning Celestial City

Paradise Farms and David Staudacher's New York-bred Barese will test open company after finishing on the board in three consecutive outings against fellow state-breds. Trained by Mike Maker, Barese was last seen finishing a close third in the Empire Classic Stakes on Oct. 30.

The Discovery immediately follows the Tepin, where Bass Stables' Agua Dulce will look to continue an upward trajectory in the one-mile race over the Aqueduct Racetrack inner turf for Pletcher.

She takes on a deep field led by the stakes-placed Alluring Angel, fourth in the Miss Grillo Stakes (G2T) in her most recent start. 

Entries: Autumn Days S.

Aqueduct Racetrack, Sunday, November 27, 2022, Race 8

  • STK
  • 6f
  • Outer turf
  • $150,000
  • 3 yo's & up Fillies and Mares
  • 3:43 PM (local)
11Stolen Holiday (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJose Lezcano125Claude R. McGaughey III6/1
22Change of Control (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateColby J. Hernandez125Michelle Lovell4/1
33Can't Buy Love (KY)Paco Lopez122Michael J. Trombetta15/1
44Honey Pants (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateIrad Ortiz, Jr.120Christophe Clement8/1
55Gogo Shoes (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateDylan Davis120Michael J. Maker15/1
66Hit the Woah (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJavier Castellano122Christophe Clement10/1
77Mail Order (ON)Junior Alvarado122William I. Mott10/1
88Lemos Cunha (KY)Kendrick Carmouche120Eduardo Caramori30/1
99Lady Edith (KY)Joel Rosario125Christophe Clement5/2
1010Star Devine (IRE)Jose L. Ortiz120Jorge R. Abreu6/1
1111Athwaaq (KY)Eric Cancel120Lolita Shivmangal15/1
1212Betsy Blue (NY)Jose Lezcano122Linda Rice7/5
1313Self Isolation (CA)Jose L. Ortiz122David Jacobson3/1
1414Snicket (NY)Irad Ortiz, Jr.120David P. Duggan6/1
1515Itsakeyper (NY)Manuel Franco120Thomas Albertrani20/1

Entries: Discovery S.

Aqueduct Racetrack, Sunday, November 27, 2022, Race 7

  • STK
  • 1 1/8m
  • Dirt
  • $150,000
  • 3 yo
  • 3:14 PM (local)
11Be Better (KY)Dylan Davis118Todd A. Pletcher9/2
22Naval Aviator (KY)Abner Adorno118Michael E. Jones, Jr.4/1
33Barese (NY)Manuel Franco120Michael J. Maker5/1
44Winit (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateKendrick Carmouche118John C. Kimmel7/2
55Affable Monarch (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJose L. Ortiz118Jorge Duarte, Jr.6/1
66Eloquist (KY)Paco Lopez120Robert E. Reid, Jr.12/1
77Saint Tapit (KY)Irad Ortiz, Jr.118Todd A. Pletcher5/2

Entries: Tepin S.

Aqueduct Racetrack, Sunday, November 27, 2022, Race 6

  • STK
  • 1m
  • Turf
  • $120,000
  • 2 yo Fillies
  • 2:44 PM (local)
11Sweetlou'sgotaces (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJoel Rosario118Raymond Handal7/2
22Bulsara (KY)Kendrick Carmouche120Michael J. Trombetta15/1
33The Classy One (NJ)Junior Alvarado120Kelly J. Breen10/1
44Private Credit (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateIrad Ortiz, Jr.120Chad C. Brown9/2
55Lifelovenlaughter (MD)Paco Lopez120Michael J. Trombetta10/1
66Smokie Eyes (NY)Dylan Davis120Christophe Clement5/1
77Thirty Thou Kelvin (KY)Jose Lezcano120Jorge R. Abreu12/1
88Agua Dulce (GB)Javier Castellano120Todd A. Pletcher12/1
99Alluring Angel (GB)Jose L. Ortiz120Jorge R. Abreu5/2
1010Next Episode (MD)J. D. Acosta122Niall Saville30/1
1111Gambling Girl (NY)Rider TBA122Todd A. Pletcher7/2
1212La Vita Sofia (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateRider TBA120Rudy R. Rodriguez8/1
1313Interpolate (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateRider TBA120Chad C. Brown2/1
1414Shidabhuti (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateRider TBA120Chad C. Brown3/1
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