Sheer Drama and Curalina Face Off in $300,000 La Troienne Stakes

Sheer Drama and Curalina Face Off in $300,000 La Troienne Stakes

Category : News - Wed 04/05/2016 - 22:16 EDT

On Friday at Churchill Downs, the graded stakes action will begin with the $300,000 La Troienne Stakes. Restricted to fillies and mares, the Grade 1 will be contested at a mile and a sixteenth and has drawn a field of seven.

Sheer Drama headlines the competitive field as the morning line favorite at odds of 8-5 for trainer David Fawkes. A six-year-old daughter of Burning Roma, the chestnut mare is a seven-time winner and a multiple graded stakes winner. She made her first start since finishing fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) a winning one with a victory in the Madison Stakes (G1) at Keeneland. Joe Bravo will be in the irons and they will break from post position two.

Four-year-old debut for Curalina

Second choice at morning line odds of 9-5 is Curalina for trainer Todd Pletcher. A four-year-old daughter of Curlin, she has been on the board in all eight starts and is a four-time winner. She has been on the bench since finishing third in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) and has been training strongly for her seasonal debut. John Velazquez will be aboard and they will break from the inside post.

Penwith looking to return to form

Also in the field at morning line odds of 7-2 is Penwith for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. A five-year-old daughter of Bernardini, she is out of graded stakes winner Composure and is a homebred for Godolphin Racing. She has won five of her fourteen starts and is trying to improve off of a fourth-place finish in the Santa Margarita Stakes (G1) last time out. Luis Saez will be aboard from post position five. 

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