Keri Belle

City Of Light Firster Rolls Late To Take Del Mar Debut

2nd-Del Mar, $84,500, Msw, 9-8, 2yo, f, 5fT, :57.22, fm, 1 1/4 lengths. SOHO (f, 2, City of Light--Keri Belle {GSW, $323,140}, by Empire Maker) lacked racing room in the opening jumps and took back to split the field from fifth as Feisty Mitole (Mitole) surged from the inside gate to the lead. Always traveling well, the 4-1 shot took a ground-saving track around the far turn before tipping out to kick for home. Charging past favored Avoir (More Than Ready) and a fading pacesetter, Soho went clear close to...

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Friday's Racing Insights: $625K City of Light Filly Debuts at Del Mar

2nd-DMR, $82K, Msw, 2yo, f, 5fT, 6:30p.m. (ET) Talla Racing and West Point Thoroughbreds' SOHO (City of Light) gets her start for trainer John Sadler, who wins at a 7% clip with his first-time starters. The dark bay has been showing a progressive worktab leading up to this unveiling, including a five-furlong move in 1:00 1/5 (8/55) at the seaside oval Sept. 3. A $625,000 Keeneland September purchase, the daughter of Keri Belle (Empire Maker), a GSW on the turf, also holds the distinction of being the top priced filly...

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Empire Maker Filly Flies Home First Time Out

2nd-Saratoga, $100,000, Msw, 8-1, 2yo, f, 1 1/16mT, 1:45.77, fm, head. BLISSFUL (f, 2, Empire Maker--Belleski {MGSW, $374,586}, by Polish Numbers)    flashed some ability in her morning trials over the Keeneland main track last month, including a sharp half-mile gate move in :47 4/5 (3/62) in her penultimate move July 14. Off at an overlaid 32-5 off a 7-2 morning line, the attractive bay filly hopped slightly at the break and was clearly last to make the first turn before setting into a good rhythm at the tail for the...

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