'Rising Stars' Square off Again in Prioress Showdown


Frank's Rockette | Sarah Andrew

After a second straight year of rounding out the exacta at the prestigious Royal Ascot meeting, 'TDN Rising Star' Kimari (Munnings) returns from across the pond as the 2-1 morning-line choice in Saturday's GII Prioress S. at Saratoga.

The 2019 G2 Queen Mary S. runner-up and 2020 G1 Commonwealth Cup second-place finisher has won her two prior attempts on dirt-airing on debut at Keeneland last spring and defeating the re-opposing 'TDN Rising Star' Frank's Rockette (Into Mischief) in a sloppy renewal of Oaklawn's Purple Martin S. Apr. 4.

Kimari has been firing bullets at trainer Wesley Ward's Keeneland base for this, headed by a five-furlong spin in :58 4/5 (1/5) Aug. 30.

The speedy Frank's Rockette, meanwhile, runner-up in last summer's GI Spinaway S. at the Spa, has followed that aforementioned defeat in Hot Springs with a pair of wins, including a head decision over Reagan's Edge (Competitive Edge) in Belmont's GIII Victory Ride S. going 6 1/2 furlongs July 4. It was another 3/4 of a length back to Center Aisle (Into Mischief) in third that day.

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