Far Hills Spotlight: Fillies/Mares meet in Peapack

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The Peapack hurdle brings together the best in the filly/mare division and, as usual, it’s a mixed bag vying for a $75,000 purse in the day’s sixth race. Swoop broke her maiden in a stakes at Saratoga. Stablemate Sarah Joyce won twice this spring. For Goodness Sake looked great at Fair Hill, average at Saratoga. Pure Deal broke her maiden by almost 10 lengths in April. Ciboure might be a freak. Dive in.

Tay Lane. Rosbrian Farm and Ricky Hendriks imported the daughter of Scorpion (sire of Grade 1 winner Scorpiancer) after seven starts in Ireland. Racing for Willie Mullins, she won by 20 at Tipperary in May. She lost two in September by a mile. Blame heavy ground. She’ll have good Saturday and she’ll move forward.

Wigwam Baby. Six-year-old mare finished second to Swoop (by less than a length) at Saratoga and might have won under the old course configuration with a fence in the stretch the final time. Pennsylvania-bred from the formidable Pape/Sheppard breeding program led a work on the farm Tuesday and looked primed.

Lady Yeats. After winning twice in English novice company, she’s yet to break through in the United States. Good effort at Camden last fall and was OK at Saratoga. Needs to step forward to find a spot in this division.

Sarah Joyce. Got hot this spring with handicap win at the Queen’s Cup and a filly/mare stakes win at Nashville two weeks apart. Fourth after leading at Fair Hill and third behind Swoop and Wigwam Baby at Saratoga. Freshening probably helped. Leads field with three jump wins. Represents hometown owners The Fields Stable and should be sitting on big effort. Would benefit if someone else makes the early running.

For Goodness Sake. Bounced out of a fifth at the Iroquois to win at Fair Hill (over next-out winner Swoop) but faded to fifth in the Saratoga race. Loads of English form will help. Will appreciate move back to country course from racetrack.

Pure Deal. How good was the maiden win at Foxfield this spring? Dominated there while defeating subsequent winner Amazing Anthem. Finished fourth in this race last year and was only a length behind Sarah Joyce the start before that. Fout barn is firing. Puncher’s chance.

Swoop. Put her solid flat form to use in the Saratoga win last time and signaled her ability with a second at Fair Hill in May. The experience there did her a world of good. Expect Bernie Dalton to hold her up and come running again, but she’ll need to deliver her best race. Foxfield flat prep – she was a quiet fourth – will help.

Ciboure. Maiden over fences, 4-year-old filly gets in light and packs plenty of class for Hudson River and Jonathan Sheppard. French import chased home Sarah Joyce at the Iroquois (while getting 20 pounds). The spread is 16 this time. Needs good trip and a way to get close by the final turn. Might be the fastest horse in the race.

Lady Blanco. Trainer Leslie Young sent 4-year-old Cap Blanco filly jumping at Foxfield and she finished second to stablemate Waveless after leading in the stretch. Any kind of move forward will put her in the mix as 140-pound lightweight.

Slug And Jockey. At least it doesn’t say Slug THE Jockey. That would be frowned upon. Irish-bred mare made six hurdle starts in her home country before coming to America. She was pulled up in the Foxfield race and will need big improvement.

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