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(Wednesday, September 15, 2010) Pink Ribbon Advance




Pink Ribbon Advance
September 15, 2010


Double Espresso, Cherryblossommiss Rate Class Edge in Pink Ribbon


(Charles Town, WV) – After a pair of solid efforts in stakes at Fairgrounds and Oaklawn Park earlier in 2010, trainer Tom Amoss decided to test his four-year-old filly Double Espresso in tough company running her in a pair of graded stakes at Churchill, the Humana Distaff (G1) on Kentucky Derby day and the Winning Colors (G3) in late May.



Following a pair of sixth place finishes in the graded events, Amoss decided to drop Double Espresso back into listed stakes company, but wound up hooking 2009 Eclipse Award winner Informed Decision in the Windward at Presque Isle Downs.  After running into this stiff competition, she found herself staring at a five race losing streak after a promising start to 2010.  Her trainer now brings her to the Pink Ribbon hoping that her running style is what helps get her back to the winners’ circle.


“At Charles Town, with the configuration of the track, tactical speed plays very well,” Amoss said.  “Both the horses we’re bringing including Double Espresso have that type of tactical speed that should help there.”


However, Double Espresso isn’t the only runner in the Pink Ribbon who’s been keeping lofty company this year.  Alex Venneri’s Cherryblossommiss will make her second start on the east coast since shipping out from California in July.  In her last try in stakes company, Cherryblossommiss finished sixth in the Vanity (G1) at Hollywood Park, behind the likes of Zenyatta and St. Trinians.  Earlier in the year, she was beaten 5 ½ lengths in the Santa Monica Handicap (G1) at Santa Anita.  The Pink Ribbon will mark her second start for trainer Stephanie Beattie, the first of which resulted in an allowance win at Penn National in August.


The local hopes in the Pink Ribbon look to lie with Shesagrumptoo, winner of nearly $450,000 in her career.  Shesagrumptoo, out the sensational West Virginia broodmare Roberta Grump, recently made her own return to the winners’ circle after nearly a two year absence when she took the Sadie Hawkins Stakes at Charles Town back on August 15.  Oliver Castillo has the return call on Shesagrumptoo in the Pink Ribbon.


Post time for the first race at Charles Town on Saturday will be 6pm EST, with the seven furlong Pink Ribbon scheduled as the 7th race with a post time of 8:45pm EST.

$75,000 Pink Ribbon

Race 7 – Post Time 8:45pm EST

3&up fillies & mares, 7 Furlongs

PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer

1.  Huge, Harry Vega, 116, John E. Salzman, Jr.

2.  Miss Red Delicious, Timothy Thornton, 116, Mark Hubley

3.  Best Reward, Jose M. Davila, 113, Olivo I. Inirio

4.  Miss Dolce, Luis A. Perez, 118, Todd M. Beattie

5.  Blue Diamond Allie, Malcom Franklin, 116, Christopher Grove

6.  Cherryblossommiss, J.D. Acosta, 118, Stephanie B. Beattie

7.  Sea Wind, Alberto Delgado, 118, William J. Entenmann

8.  Double Espresso, Deshawn Parker, 123, Thomas M. Amoss

9.  Little Miss Kisses, Sylvester Carmouche III, 118, Josephy Yourchisin

10.  Shesagrumptoo, Oliver Castillo, 120, John J. Robb

11(AE).  Chelsea Barton, Rodney Soodeen, 116, Rhea Pennella

12(AE).  C.S. Verdad, Erick Ramirez, 116, Jimmy Keaton

13(AE).  Manitoba Miss, Eibar Coa, 116, George Weaver

14(AE).  Shefoggedmyglasses, Luis Batista, 116, Larry Myers





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