Feb. 7, 2013
Thursday, February 07, 2013
Liberty Girl Ready for Next Step in Martha Washington
Casner Racing’s Liberty Girl was one of the most impressive winners from opening day, Jan. 11, when she drew off to win a first level allowance race by 4 ½ lengths in her 3-year-old debut. On Saturday, the A.P. Warrior filly takes another step forward as one of nine fillies entered in the $75,000 Martha Washington Stakes. The one-mile race, part of Oaklawn’s series leading to the April 10 $400,000 Fantasy Stakes (G3), will offer a total of 17 points based on Churchill Downs’ new criteria for making the $1 million Kentucky Oaks (G1) May 3.
“She’s doing really well,” said trainer Eoin Harty, who is in Hot Springs for a few days overseeing his string of horses here. “At first, I was a little hesitant to run her back (in the Martha Washington) but she’s spent the time since her last race training so well, I went ahead. She’s been so bright and showing all the right signs. Normally, it would seem to be a little quick, but she bounced right out of that race.
“Without looking at the competition, I couldn’t say whether she’s going to dominate or wasn’t up to the class, but I can say if she’s the filly that we think and hope she is, she should handle the step up well.”
The complete field for the Martha Washington, in post-position order, with riders: Phonybooksnrecords, Rosemary Homeister Jr.; Cloudy in Sandiego, Terry Thompson; I Am Miss Brown, Luis Quinonez; Sister Ginger, Ricardo Santana Jr.; Lady Stonewall, Cliff Berry; Liberty Girl, Robby Albarado; Broken Spell, Jon Court; American Sugar, Alex Birzer, and Rose To Gold, Juan Leyva.