Saturday's Insights: Strong Mandate 'Rising Star' Returns at Oaklawn


Maryanorginger | Sarah Andrew

7th-OP, $61K, Alw, NW1X, 3yo/up, f/m, 6f, 5:06 p.m. ET

Maryanorginger (Strong Mandate) makes her first start since debuting with a 'TDN Rising Star' performance after stumbling at the start in the Astoria S. at Belmont Park last June. The second-place finisher that day Perfect Alibi (Sky Mesa) followed up with victories in Saratoga's GII Adirondack S. and GI Spinaway S., respectively. The Gold Square colorbearer, a $190,000 FTKJUL yearling purchase, is trained by Jeremiah Englehart.


11th-GP, $46K, OC 75k/N1X, 3yo, 7f, 5:52 p.m. ET

I'll Fight Dempsey (Into Mischief), a $300,000 FTSAUG graduate, came out swinging with a sharp wire-to-wire score on debut for Todd Pletcher going six furlongs in Hallandale Feb. 29. The bay, owned by St Elias Stable, has posted three bullet workouts since, including a four-furlong move in :47 4/5 (1/16) at Palm Beach Downs Mar. 13.

Sonneman (Curlin), a son of the talented Zardana (Brz) (Crimson Tide {Ire}), posted a promising maiden win going a mile at third asking at Belmont Oct. 5 most recently. He is trained by Mark Hennig.

Acre (Blame), a half-brother to millionaire Lea (First Samurai), was last seen earning his diploma for Bill Mott in an off-the-turfer second time out at Saratoga Aug. 17.


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