'Rising Stars' Face Off in Hot Springs


Lyrical Lady | Sarah Andrew


7th-OP, $91K, Opt. Clm. ($50K), 3yo, f, 6f, 5:14 p.m.

A pair of 'TDN Rising Stars' will face off Friday in Hot Springs as they both make their highly anticipated sophomore debuts. The morning-line nod was given to Phoenix Thoroughbred's LYRICAL LADY (More Than Ready), who summoned $625,000 at OBS March after breezing in a sharp :20 3/5. Taking the field from gate-to-wire for a dazzling debut victory at Saratoga July 20, the Steve Asmussen pupil tired to fifth as the favorite next out in the Spa's GII Adirondack S. Aug. 11 and has been on the shelf since. OXO Equine's $1 million FTKJUL topper Brill (Medaglia d'Oro) also comes off a lengthy layoff, having made her last start Sept. 29. Overcoming a bad start and wide trip in her Del Mar unveiling July 18, the Jerry Hollendorfer trainee rallied to a good-looking victory, but could only manage fourth behind the talented Bellafina (Quality Road) as the favorite in the GI Del Mar Debutante S. Sept. 1. The bay was third to the Sunland Oaks-bound Bellafina when last seen in the GI Chandelier S. going two turns at Santa Anita in September and should appreciate the cutback in trip for this return. TJCIS PPs

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