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My Sweet Emily Finds A Softer Spot on Sunday

Posted Friday, Sep 7, 2012

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It would be easy to accuse My Sweet Emily of being afflicted with a case of acute seconditis, but she had some valid excuses for having to settle for place in her last four races at Monmouth while competing in first level allowance conditions.

“Guys like (Todd) Pletcher, (Bill) Mott and (Graham) Motion have been throwing some bears at us,” said trainer Charles “Buddy” Carlesimo.

In her last race here on Haskell Invitational Day, My Sweet Emily tangled with the Pletcher-trained Ciao Bella, who ran a monster race and dusted the field as she widened her lead through the lane to win easily by 4 ½ lengths.  There are no Ciao Bellas in Sunday’s featured $32,000 allowance/optional claiming race for fillies and mares.

“It’s time for her to win,” said Carlesimo. “She’s been running in this condition for a long time.”

The 5-year-old Florida-bred daughter of 2005 Haskell winner Roman Ruler and the Kissin Kris mare Kiss Me Twice has three wins in 36 starts, the last of which came in a $16,000 starter allowance at Parx back on February 12. Nonetheless, she’ll most likely be a short price on the board when they line up in the gate for the race at 1 mile 70 yards on the main track.

“She always run well fresh,” said her trainer, who scratched her from the $75,000 Lady’s Secret Stakes on Labor Day weekend because he felt the race had come up too tough. “We’re looking to get some black type for her and then retire her and breed her.”

Trainer and owner Amy Tarrant has entered the coupled entry of Tale of Peace, who broke her maiden here by almost 25 lengths two starts back, and Rockport Picture, topweighted of 124 pounds.

“I like all of the qualities that Rockport Picture has,” said Tarrant, who paid $250,000 for the 4-year-old daughter of Rockport Harbor as a 2-year-old. “She’s all heart, stamina and toughness, and she has a delightful personality.”

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