May 22 Insights: Big-Fig Debut Winners Clash in Churchill Allowance

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Center Aisle | Lauren King

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8th-CD, $81K, Alw/Opt. Clm ($75K), 7f, 3yo, f, 4:40 p.m. ET

Two well-regarded sophomore fillies who earned lofty Beyer numbers in first-out victories will knock heads in this seven-furlong first-level allowance under the Twin Spires Friday. OXO Equine’s CENTER AISLE (Into Mischief) was the third-highest lot to sell at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream sale when hammering for $1.5 million, and backed that price up with a strong debut success Mar. 29 at Gulfstream, stalking the speed and edging clear to score by 3 3/4 lengths with an 88 Beyer. Three horses out of that race have returned to win, including Say Moi (Union Rags), who obliged as an odds-on favorite here Saturday. Drawn one stall door to her outside is Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings and Stretch Run Ventures’ Casual (Curlin), who also impressed in her career bow. Out of MGISW Lady Tak (Mutakddim), the blaze-faced chestnut rallied bravely inside of a rival to get up by a half-length Apr. 11 at Oaklwn, earning a 90 Beyer for the effort. TJCIS PPs

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