BY BROCK SHERIDAN
Donald R. Dizney’s homebred Princess Bettina will attempt her second added-money victory of the year in her graded-stakes debut in the $175,000 Lake George at Saratoga Friday. The Grade 3 Lake George has attracted a field of 10 3-year-old fillies who will race one mile on the turf with the Chad Brown-trained Liguria the morning line favorite at 3-1.
Assigned morning line odds of 12-1, Princess Bettina makes her second start for trainer Todd Pletcher after shipping east from the Peter Eurton barn in Southern California. In her last in Southern California on March 18 at Santa Anita, Princess Bettina was a four-and-a-quarter-length winner after leading from start to finish in the $100,000 China Doll going a mile on the turf.
Just prior to the China Doll, in her first race in a stakes, Princess Bettina was third, just a length off winner Ag Bullet, in the $101,000 Lady Shamrock at a mile on the grass at Santa Anita on Feb. 12.
Princess Bettina is by Will Take Charge out of Aiden’s Girl, by Double Diamond Farm stallion First Dude and sports a career record of two wins and four thirds in eight starts with earnings of $148,160.
Pletcher has named Dylan Davis to ride Princess Bettina and they will break from post nine.
Liguria comes into the Lake George looking for her second straight stakes victory after winning the $150,000 Wild Applause by three-quarters of a length over a mile on the turf at Belmont Park on June 24.
Liguria – Benoit Photo
The bay daughter of War Front is one of two fillies in the Lake George with a graded-stakes victory as she won the Grade 3 Jimmy Durante going a mile on the turf at Del Mar in December. In one start between the Jimmy Durante and the Wild Applause, Liguria was fifth in the Grade 2 Edgewood going a mile-and-a-sixteenth on the turf at Churchill Downs on May 5.
Liguria is out of Lerici, by Woodman and will race in the colors of Alpha Delta Stables LLC. She has won three of five lifetime starts with one second while earning $219,850.
Flavien Prat will ride Liguria from post four.
The Christophe Clement Queen Picasso (GB) is the other filly with a graded-stakes victory on her resume having won the Grade 3 Soaring Softly by two lengths going seven furlongs on the turf at Belmont Park on May 27 in her second career start. Owned by Siena Farm LLC, Michael Kisber, Peter Deutsch and Stuart Grant’s The Elkstone Group LLC, Queen Picasso broke her maiden in her first start going a mile-and-a-sixteenth on the turf at Gulfstream Park on March 5.
Queen Picasso is by Kingman (GB) out of Aris (Ire), by Danroad (Aus) and has earned $138,250 in her two starts.
Queen Picasso has the inside post one and Jose Ortiz has the mount on the 6-1 morning line choice.
Brown will also saddle Utilization Rate (Fr), who is 9-2 in the program, for the Lake George.
Utilization Rate just won her first race in her third start against special weight maidens going a mile-and-a-sixteenth on the grass at Belmont Park on May 27.
She is by Le Havre (Ire) out of Ironique, by Smart Strike and sports a bankroll of $68,300.
Irad Ortiz Jr. has been named to ride and they will depart post seven.
The remainder of the field for the Lake George includes Surge Candy, ridden by Joel Rosario; Tax Implications (GB) and jockey Manny Franco, Revalita (Fr) with Tyler Gaffalione in the irons, Lil Miss Moonlight will carry Luis Saez, Tryinmyheartout and jockey John Velazquez and Secret Money with Javier Castellano in the saddle.