Five Fabulous Fillies Entered for Personal Ensign at Saratoga
The $750,000 Grade I Personal Ensign Stakes for fillies and mares at 9 furlongs has only five entrants. But four of them are Grade I winners and the other has a Grade II on her resume. All have earnings in excess of $1 million, and you can make the case for every runner to win, which makes it a race worth watching. FOX Sports (FS2) carries the TV coverage while NBC TV has the coverage of the featured $1.25 million Travers Stakes. The winner of Saturday’s Personal Ensign receives an automatic entry to the Breeders’ Cup Distaff as part of the ‘Win and You’re In’ Challenge Series.
All five fillies have at least four wins on the record and three of them have won at least 50 percent of their career starts.
Curalina is the 9-5 morning-line favorite after a 9 1/4-lengths win in the Grade III Shuvee in the slop on July 31 at the Spa. She also won the Grade I Troienne on a fast strip at Churchill Downs. She’s never been off the board in four starts at Saratoga and should be stalking and ready to strike down the stretch..
I’m a Chatterbox comes off back-to-back wins including a victory in the Grade I Delaware Handicap in which she defeated Paid Up Subscriber. She’ll likely break to the lead from the inside post and has finished off the board in just two of her 14 career starts. Paid up Subscriber was bumped sideways at the start of the Delaware Handicap and recovered to be runner up.
Cavorting and Forever Unbridled were 1-2 in the Grade I Ogden Phipps at Belmont in their last start. Cavorting loves this track and won the Test and Priorness Stakes at Saratoga last summer. She’s in good form but has never raced this far. Forever Unbridled had to steady when looking for running room in her last race, but still finished second. She won her two previous races including the Grade I Apple Blossom at Oaklawn in April. A bullet five furlong work over the Saratoga surface last week suggests she’s progressing, and a good late kick gets her home in front as your pick at a better price.
Personal Ensign Stakes – 1 1/8 miles
Saturday, August 27. Race No. 6 at Saratoga. Post time 2:21 ET