Team Valor International, Rodolphe Brisset and Stephen McKay’s ‘TDN Rising Star’ Talk Veuve to Me (Violence), an ultra-impressive maiden-breaker who has acquitted herself very well in two subsequent graded stakes tries, will look for her first black-type triumph while traversing two turns for the first time in Saturday night’s GIII Indiana Oaks at Indiana Grand.
Second in her debut last August at Ellis, the $20,000 Keeneland September graduate blew apart a field of Fair Grounds maidens Mar. 25 with an 11 1/4-length romp under wraps to earn her ‘Rising Star’ designation. Put into stakes waters in the GII Eight Belles S., the dark bay finished a strong second against the more seasoned Mia Mischief (Into Mischief), and she followed that up with another quality runner-up effort behind division leader Monomoy Girl (Tapizar) in the GI Acorn S. last out June 9 at Belmont. Certain to be a prohibitive favorite in this test, Talk Veuve to Me shows a trio of interim breezes at trainer Brisset’s Keeneland base, capped by a half-mile spin in :48 4/5 (6/30) July 8.
A one-two punch from trainer Brad Cox appears to have the best chance to rattle the chalk. Qatar Racing, Hunter Valley Farm and Marc Detampel’s Figarella’s Queen (Medaglia d’Oro) was purchased privately from Grupo 7C Racing Stable after a game victory in the turfy Sanibel Island S. Mar. 31 at Gulfstream. Backing up to finish ninth after dueling on the lead in the GIII Edgewood S. May 4 at Churchill, the $250,000 KEESEP buy annexed a second-level allowance on the main track there June 3. Dawn and Ike Thrash’s Kelly’s Humor (Midnight Lute), winner of the Ellis Park Debutante S. last summer, has kept good company since then, running second in both the GII Pocahontas S. and GIII Beaumont S. Finishing eighth in the GI Kentucky Oaks, she most recently was second-best behind next-out GIII Victory Ride S. runner-up Classy Act (Into Mischief) in a Churchill allowance June 1.