Lexington, KY (SportsNetwork.com) – My Miss Sophia, away from the races since
September, will begin her 4-year-old season in Friday’s $100,000
Doubledogdare Stakes at Keeneland.
Owned by Alpha Delta Stables, My Miss Sophia is the 2-1 morning line favorite
for the 1 1/16-mile stakes. Trained by Bill Mott, she will break from post 8
in the nine-horse field with Joel Rosario in the saddle for the first time.
My Miss Sophia, formerly trained by Todd Pletcher, was second to Untapable in
last year’s Kentucky Oaks, four weeks after winning Aqueduct’s Gazelle. The
filly has banked $418,300 in six starts with two wins and two seconds.
Canadian-bred Deceptive Vision is the 5-2 second pick and will be ridden by
Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez from post 3. Owned by breeder Sam-Son Farm,
Deceptive Vision will also be making her 2015 debut in the Doubledogdare.
The 5-year-old mare, trained by Malcolm Pierce, raced exclusively on the turf
in 2014 with a win in Woodbine’s Canadian Stakes along with a second in the
track’s Dance Smartly and thirds in the E.P. Taylor and Nassau.
“She’s a very nice filly and she won twice on the dirt in New Orleans,” said
Pierce. “She performs equally well on both turf and dirt”
Deceptive Vision has won half of her eight career starts for $402,355.
Tiz Windy, trained by Carl Nafzger, is the 5-1 third choice and will start
from the far outside post with Julien Leparoux riding.
Owned by James Tafel, Tiz Windy is coming off her season debut in which she
was fifth in the Royal Delta at Gulfstream Park on March 21. Last year, the
filly won the Indiana Oaks on Oct. 4 followed by a fifth against older females
in the Falls City Handicap at Churchill Downs. Tiz Windy has won four of 13
career starts and $240,191.
Here is the field for the Doubledogdare from the rail out: Lunar Surge, Corey
Lanerie, 8-1; Liberated, Joe Bravo, 20-1; Deceptive Vision, John Velazquez,
5-2; Twenty in One, Paco Lopez, 20-1; Blue Violet, Kerwin Clark, 6-1; Pretty
Fancy, Javier Castellano, 10-1; Handmade, Brian Hernandez Jr., 12-1; My Miss
Sophia, Joel Rosario, 2-1 and Tiz Windy, Julien Leparoux, 5-1.
The Doubledogdare has an approximate post time Friday of 5:13 p.m. ET.