‘Noni’ Goes North for Selene

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Woodbine

By Christie DeBernardis

Go Noni Go (Get Stormy) heads to Woodbine in search of her second straight graded victory on synthetic in Saturday’s GIII Selene S. Scoring the first two wins of her career on turf, the dark bay finished fifth in her sophomore bow in Gulfstream’s GIII Sweetest Chant S. Feb. 3, but rebounded with a two-length success in the GIII Bourbonette Oaks in her first try on a synthetic surface at Turfway Mar. 17 for trainer Mike Maker.

Woodbine-based conditioner Catherine Day-Phillips sends out a strong contender for the home team in Dixie Moon (Curlin), who finished sixth behind Rushing Fall (More Than Ready) in the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf Nov. 3. Taking the state-bred Ontario Lassie S. by a nose a month later, the chestnut was last seen finishing ninth to Rushing Fall over a yielding course in Keeneland’s GII Appalachian S. Apr. 8.

The Josie Carroll-trained Avie’s Mineshaft (Mineshaft) missed by a nose in the track-and-trip Princess Elizabeth S. Oct. 19 and was third when cutting back to seven panels in the Fury S. Apr. 29. Mark Casse saddles a runner who could make some noise if she takes to the synthetic in Miss Mo Mentum (Uncle Mo). Graduating on the turf, the dark bay’s last two victories came on the main track, including an 8 3/4-length romp a sloppy renewal of the Hut Hut S. Dec. 9. She was last seen finishing eighth in the GII Davona Dale S. Mar. 3.

 

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