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Ria Antonia To Fly Flag For Girls

Thursday, 8th May 2014

Despite the expected absence of Kentucky Oaks winner Untapable in the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the US Triple crown looks likely nonetheless to have a female presence with Ria Antonia (Rockport Harbor-Beer Baroness, by Mr Greeley) entered for the race, reports drf.com. Ria Antonia, who finished sixth behind the unbeaten Untapable in last Friday's Oaks, is being pointed to the Preakness on 17 May at Pimlico, owner Ron Paolucci said Tuesday. "That seems to be the plan so far," he said. Paolucci said he has moved Ria Antonia - last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies winner via disqualification - from trainer Bob Baffert to trainer Tom Amoss, the second time this year the filly has switched stables. Ria Antonia was beaten 16-lengths by Untapable in the Oaks and Paolucci says the prospect of facing the superstar filly again in the Gr1 Acorn Stakes was less appealing than the Preakness. "Here's the thing; Untapable is the best 3-year-old in the country, boy or girl, in my opinion. California Chrome is a great horse, but I believe if Untapable was in the Derby, she'd have won," Paolucci said. "With Social Inclusion going, Bayern going, I think there's going to be a lot of speed in the Preakness, and it could really set up for her." Only five fillies have won the Preakness, including champion Rachel Alexandra in 2009, the most recent filly to contest the race.

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