By Joe Bianca
Heavily favored on the morning line, Live Oak Plantation's GI Longines Test S. runner-up Souper Sensational (Curlin) will likely need to run that race or better as she faces an intriguing field of emerging sophomore filly sprinters in Saturday's GII Prioress S. at Saratoga.
Named a 'TDN Rising Star' for an easy debut graduation last September at Woodbine, the $725,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga buy quickly backed that designation up with a four-length conquest of the Glorious Song S. Runner-up in the Silverbulletday S., she fell off the GI Longines Kentucky Oaks trail after running sixth in the GIII Rachel Alexandra S. and third in the GII Twinspires.com Fair Grounds Oaks and was given a brief respite after a troubled-trip fourth in the GIII Eight Belles S. Apr. 30 at Churchill. Returning with a career high when annexing the GIII Victory Ride S. by 3 1/4 lengths July 10 at Belmont, she was no match for the dominant Bella Sofia (Awesome Patriot) in the Test, but kept on well enough to complete the exacta at 13-1.
Parx sensation Oxana (Uptowncharlybrown) gets her chance against the big girls after toying with a pair of overmatched fields at her home base. Fading to seventh debuting in a Monmouth turf sprint June 6, the $65,000 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic buy switched to the main track 17 days later and blew apart Pennsylvania-bred maidens to the tune of an 18-length victory, earning a 96 Beyer. Running identical quarter and half-mile splits next out in an open allowance there July 10, she again was all by herself in the lane, coasting home 10 1/4 lengths to the good.
Amendment Nineteen (Constitution) makes her first start for Juddmonte and Brad Cox following a private purchase from D J Stable and three promising starts for Linda Rice. Finishing full of run to be second on debut behind 'TDN Rising Star' Always Carina (Malibu Moon), the $20,000 Keeneland November bargain overcame a slow break and wide trip to graduate next out over a sloppy mile May 31 at Belmont and was runner-up in a local allowance July 24 while finishing nine lengths clear of third.
Edie Meeny Miny Mo (Upstart), an open-lengths winner against $40,000 maiden claimers on debut Apr. 23 at Pimlico, repeated by six lengths with a 91 Beyer in an allowance/optional claimer there June 13 and turns back after not quite being able to see out two turns when second as a 6-5 favorite in the 1 1/16-mile GIII Monmouth Oaks July 31.
Louisiana-bred Cilla (California Chrome) makes her first start for the Charlton Baker barn after back-to-back sharp stakes successes in the state-bred Louisiana Legends Mademoiselle S. at Evangeline and off-the-turf Blue Sparkler S. July 10 at Monmouth.