Oaks prospect Kathmanblu returns in Sweetest Chant
Julian Leparoux, who's ridden Kathmanblu since the Jessmine, retains the mount in the Sweetest Chant.
TIGER GIRL (Hold That Tiger) makes her debut for trainer Bill Mott and will be handled by Kent Desormeaux. A mainstay in Louisiana until recently, Tiger Girl won minor grass stakes at Louisiana Downs and Retama Park last fall and narrowly missed winning another. She was subsequently trounced in a pair of Louisiana-bred stakes on dirt, but might wake up on a return to her preferred surface.
EXCITED (Giant's Causeway) was a wide-trip fourth in the Miss Grillo S. (G3) at Belmont in October, then rallied to miss by three parts of a length in both the Good Mood S. and an entry-level allowance at Aqueduct. She goes for the potent combo of trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey John Velazquez.
NINA FEVER (Borrego), a three-time winner over the Keeneland Polytrack, won her lone turf attempt to date at Kentucky Downs and missed by a head in the Glorious Song S. over Woodbine's synthetic main track. However, she wilted to seventh after flashing speed in the Hollywood Starlet S. (G1) last time. HOLIDAYSATTHEFARM (Smarty Jones) was a closing second in the John Franks Juvenile Fillies Turf at Calder in her stakes debut most recently, while WAR PROSPECTOR (War Front) registered a 41-1 turf allowance upset on opening day of the Gulfstream meet.
Allowance winners BELLARIDGE (Cactus Ridge) and MICHELLE'S TRIP (Trippi) complete the main body of the field, while GREATEST DREAM (Greatness) is entered for the main track only.
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