Princesa Carolina will be making her second start off of her two month layoff when she faces eight other competitors in Saturdays Hatoof Stakes which will be run at 1 1/16th-miles over the Arlington turf course. The Hatoof is the first stakes race of the day on the Ride To Million day card at Arlington.
Owned by Three Chimney’s farm, Princesa Carolina started her 2019 campaign with a solid second place finish in the GIII Herecomesthebride stakes at Gulfstream Park in March. She followed that effort up with another solid performance in the GII Appalachian when she ran third that day on a soft Keenland turf course.
In her most recent start, Princesa Carolina was a flat eighth in the GIII Regret at Churchill Downs in June,
“We were expecting a little bit of a better race from her that day,” said her trainer Ken McPeek. “The pace didn’t set up very well for us that day and looking back we maybe should have had her a little closer and into the race. She’s come out of that race fine, she’s been steady since then, and I’m optimistic she’ll put in a good effort in this one on Saturday.”
Princesa Carolina is a three-year-old filly by leading sire Tapit, and has put together a lifetime record of 8-2-1-1. She has earned over $160,000 to this point and will be looking for her first career stakes victory. She will break from post 6, and will be ridden by Chris Emigh.
Breaking from the rail on Saturday will be Winning Envelope, who will be making her first start since the GII Appalachian at Keenland in April. Owned by Lothenbach Stables Inc. and trained by Chris Block, Winning Envelope has been sitting on go for quite some time now,
“We’ve had her geared up and ready to go for a while,” said trainer Chris Block. “We had her in at Canterbury and it rained off the turf and we scratched, same thing happened at Churchill a few weeks later. She’s been ready and is great condition coming into Saturday.”
The daughter of More Than Ready has flashed signs of ability, but has still yet to breakthrough and get her first stakes victory,
“I hope this can be a breakthrough for her,” said Block. “I’ve had this race targeted for a while, and I’m hoping we can use this race as a stepping stone for the big ones down the line.”
Winning Envelope will be breaking from post 1 on Saturday, and will be ridden by Carlos Marquez Jr.
Rounding out the Hatoof field will be Delta’s Kingdon (post 2, Adam Beschizza) Be Nimble (post 3, Jose Valdivia Jr.), Indigo Gin (post 4, Flavien Prat), Story Time (post 5, Florent Geroux), Dalika (post 7, Miguel Mena), Spectralight (post 8, Eddie Martin Jr.), Ambassador Luna (post 9, Mitchell Murill)
The Hatoof Stakes is carded as the fifth race of the Saturday nine, with an expected post time of 3:38 PM CDT.