Sea Calisi is coming off a win in the May 6 Sheepshead Bay Stakes (G2T) on the very same track the New York Stakes will be run on. She won that race by 2 1/2 lengths over Suffused, who will also run in the New York Stakes.
In her last race, Hawksmoor took home the Beaugay Stakes (G3T), also run at Belmont, on May 13. The New York Stakes will be her fourth race on U.S. soil.
“They’re both training really well and they’re coming into the race the right way,” said Brown of Sea Calisi and his other filly in the race, Dacita. “They have similar running styles but they complement each other in terms of ground preference. Dacita prefers it firm but can handle soft if she has to; Sea Calisi can run on firm but she prefers some give in the ground.”
In four starts at Belmont Park, Sea Calisi has a record of 2-1-1. Hawksmoor is a grade two winner in Europe. Another filly to keep tabs on who could surprise is Sassy Little Lila. She has finished worse than second only once in seven career starts and was the runner-up in the American Oaks (G1).
Below is the full post position starting gate draw for the New York Stakes:
- Apple Betty
- Kitten’s Roar
- Sea Calisi
- Sassy Little Lila