HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – It may have taken her 20 starts, but Miss Addison is set to return to her birth state this week as a stakes winner.
Bred in Florida, Miss Addison is scheduled to seek her second straight stakes victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Ta Wee Stakes over the Gulfstream Park turf course. Currently based in Louisiana, the late-blooming 6-year-old daughter of Orientate will be making only her second start in a stakes, having won her stakes debut last month at Evangeline Downs.
“She seems to have gotten better with age and maturity. She’s a very nice easy filly to train and she’s an easy filly to ride,” said trainer Ron Faucheux, who named Quincy Hamilton to ride Miss Addison. “She’s definitely in her best form now.”
Miss Addison joined Faucheux’s stable last fall following Brittlyn Stable’s private purchase of the well-traveled mare. After racing competitively in three starts at Fair Grounds, she broke through with a turf allowance score at Louisiana Downs in May, followed by an off-the-turf third-place showing and a come-from-behind 1 ½-length victory in the $50,000 Matron Stakes on grass at Evangeline.
“She’s all turf. Where she fits in that race at Gulfstream it’s hard to say, but her last two starts on turf should give her a shot,” said Faucheux, who briefly trained a small string of horses for owner Frank Calabrese at Gulfstream a few years ago before returning to his native Louisiana. “She’s a filly you don’t have to train on too hard. I think she’s come around with age and maturity and she seems to fit into our training program really well.”
The freshly initiated stakes winner, who is rated at 6-1 in the morning line, will be tested by veteran stakes performer Awesome Belle in the 1 1/16-mile Ta Wee. The Stanley Gold-trained 4-year-old has been installed as the 2-1 morning-line favorite on the strength of six stakes successes to her credit.
Bred by Fred Brei’s Jacks or Better Farm, the daughter of Awesome of Course won back-to-back turf stakes last year in the midst of a four-race winning streak in stakes. Five of her stakes successes came in open company, her only win in stakes restricted to Florida-bred horses came in the Florida Stallion My Dear Girl Stakes when she was a juvenile.
Fernando Jara, who has three stakes victories during the summer meeting, will have the return mount.
Trainer Marty Wolfson entered a pair of horses for the Ta Wee, including E B Ryder, rated second in the morning line at 3-1. The 3-year-old daughter of Bluegrass Cat, who has won three of five starts on turf, has yet to start against older fillies and mares.
“I don’t know if I’m going to run her. She didn’t like the soft turf last week at Calder. It was very soft. She only got beat three heads, but the turf was too soft. And she’s a 3-year-old against older mares. I don’t know,” Wolfson said.
Wolfson entered My Pal Chrisy for the main track only and will saddle her only if conditions forced the Ta Wee to be moved from the turf course. The 5-year-old mare has amassed all but $247 of her $471,168 earnings on dirt while distinguishing herself as a consistent and tough stakes performer. The daughter of Alex’s Pal has only recently joined Wolfson’s stable following the private purchase by Miller Racing.
“We’ve tried to buy her for the last year. After she was freshened and ran two good races and finished third to Starship (Truffles) in the Princess Rooney (G1), we tried to buy her and got the deal done,” said Wolfson, who saddled Starship Truffles for her first Grade 1 victory. “I like her a lot. If she doesn’t get to run Saturday, she’ll run in the sprint here next weekend (the six-furlong $100,000 Paseana Stakes on Aug. 17).
Bill Kaplan is one trainer who won’t be fretting too much about the weather, considering that Dreamlicious has performed well both on dirt and turf in recent starts. After a victory and two close second-place finishes on turf, the 3-year-old filly galloped over a sloppy Gulfstream main track to handily win an off-the-turf allowance by eight lengths against older company last time out.
“The last race was remarkable. It was somewhat shocking she could win like that. She galloped home from the eighth-pole,” Kaplan said. “She was pulling up at the eighth-pole. She could have won by a lot more. This filly was remarkable.”
Trainer David Fawkes entered both Sola Gratia and Millennia for the Ta Wee. Sola Gratia, who is rated at 4-1, will make her stakes debut after winning an allowance race at Gulfstream last time out. Millennia, rated at 6-1, is a veteran turf runner with nearly $250,000 in earnings.
Callmethesqueeze, a veteran stakes winner, and She’s Spooky, a maiden, round out the field.
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