BY BROCK SHERIDAN
Top Blue, a winner of a maiden special weight in her only career start, is set for the $100,000 White Clay Creek against nine other 2-year-old fillies at Delaware Park Friday.
Trained by Michael Matz for Baoma Corp., Top Blue won by a length-and-a-half against special weight maiden fillies at Delaware Park on Aug. 2 and extends to a mile in the White Clay Creek after her five-and-a-half furlong debut.
Kevin Gomez will ride the daughter of Ghostzapper for the first time Friday and they have the outside post 10. Top Blue is 6-1 on the morning line and earned $22,800 in her lone start.
Top Blue is out of the Holy Bull mare Gospel Girl and was bred in Florida by George and Karen Russell in the name of their Rustlewood Farm located in Reddick, Fla. Top Blue is a half-sister to Florida-bred Happy Farm, who in 2019 won the Grade 3 Fall Highweight and was second in both the Grade 3 Tom Fool Handicap and the $105,850 Gravesend that year; and stakes-placed Florida-breds Good Fight and Corey.
Baoma Corp. purchased Top Blue for $200,000 out of the Fasig-Tipton October Yearling Sale last year where she was consigned by Francis and Barbara Vanlangendonck’s Summerfield.
Favored on the morning line at 7-2 is Ringy Dingy for trainer Danny Gargan and she will start from the immediate left of Top Blue in post nine.
Ringy Dingy makes her third career start after winning a six-and-a-half-furlong maiden special weight for fillies by nearly two lengths during the Belmont at Big A meet on Sept. 17.
Katie Davis, who was aboard for the maiden score, gets the return mount and will don the blue and red silks of owners Peter J. Callahan and James Reiley McDonald.
Like Top Blue, Ringy Dingy was a $200,000 purchase at last year’s Fasig-Tipton October Sale where she was purchased by Oracle Bloodstock out of the Eaton Sales consignment.
Fifth in her first career start at Saratoga on July 30, Ringy Dingy has earned $53,700 in her two races.
She is by Dialed In out of Wind Caper, by Touch Gold and put in a solid four-furlong work in :49.20 over the Saratoga training track on Oct. 6, the second fastest of 58 at the distance that morning.
Another strong contender is Peignoir, an eight-and-a-quarter-length winner of a one-mile maiden special weight at Ellis Park on Aug. 26 in her second and most recent race.
By Mendelssohn out of Beehive Hairdo, by Florida-bred Flat Out, Peignoir is trained by Rodolphe Brisset for Fletcher Gray and Carol L. and Doug Hesterly.
Luan Machado has the riding assignment on the 9-2 morning line choice and they have drawn the inside post one.
The remainder of the field includes Power Squeeze with Madison Olver named to ride, Still Game with John Hiraldo aboard, A Primera Vista has no rider yet named, Dewey Doit with jockey Abner Adorno, Classy Mischief and rider Daniel Centeno, D’lightful Summer with Samuel Marin in the irons and Carol Cedeno will ride Gee Wiz. Miss Ellary, Molly Malone and Sweet Distraction are on the also eligible list.
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