‘TDN Rising Star’ Elate (Medaglia d’Oro) will be the headliner as she takes on her elders in Saturday’s GI Beldame S. at Belmont Park.
The dark bay 3-year-old, favored at 3-5 on the morning line here, followed a heartbreaking second-place finish to division leader Abel Tasman (Quality Road) in the GI Coaching Club American Oaks July 23 with a breakthrough win in the GI Alabama S. at the Spa Aug. 19. The runner-up that day ‘TDN Rising Star’ It Tiz Well (Arch) returned with a sharp win in last weekend’s GI Cotillion S. at Parx Sept. 23.
Princess of Sylmar (2013), Imperial Gesture (2002) and Exogenous (2001) are the last three sophomores to capture this contest.
“She’s doing good, we’re real happy with her,” said Hall of Famer Bill Mott, who won this race with the brilliant Royal Delta in 2012. “If she puts in a great performance, we’ll go to the Breeders’ Cup, but we have to wait and see.”
Money’soncharlotte (Mizzen Mast) is perfect in four attempts this term, including Monmouth’s GIII Molly Pitcher S. July 30. The consistent Eskenformoney (Eskendereya), third in the GI Personal Ensign S. Aug. 26, looks for her first win since the 2016 GIII Rampart S. last December.