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Little Stitch Shoots For Second Straight Stakes Win

Posted Saturday, Jun 2, 2012

The Who Did It and Run Stakes victress will try to go two-for-two in 2012 in New Jersey-bred stakes for fillies and mares when she takes on a field of seven in Sunday’s $60,000 Open Mind Handicap.

            The homebred, who is trained by Joe Jennings, will go postward as the 121 top weight.  Last out, she won five furlongs going gate-to-wire on the Meadowlands turf course.  She adds a furlong and switches to the main track on Sunday, but will see some familiar rivals in the starting gate.  Salad Girl, the 2011 champion 2-year-old state-bred filly, and Cee the Country and Ima Jersey Girl, both of whom are trained by Gregg Sacco, couldn’t best Little Stitch in the Who Did it and Run on May 4, but will try again in the Open Mind. 

            Little Stitch has won seven of 23 career starts, but she’s done some of her best running within the past year when she made five trips to the gate and won twice. She was second here in two restricted events- the $67,000 Spruce Fir Handicap on July 17 and the $60,000 Jersey Girl Handicap on September 17- and next time out was beaten only a nose running against males in open company. 

            The Open Mind is named for the New Jersey-bred filly who won back-to-back Eclipse Awards as the champion 2-year-old filly and 3-year-old filly in 1988-89 and is a member of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, New York. Bred by Due Process Stable and foaled in 1986, Open Mind won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies as a two-year-old and the Triple Tiara (the Acorn, Mother Goose and Coaching Club American Oaks) in her sophomore campaign. 

            She will be in the first class inducted into the New Jersey-bred Hall of Fame in a ceremony at Monmouth on September 15. Regret, who is one of only three fillies to win the Kentucky Derby, Cavalcade and Henry of Navarre are also in the national Hall of Fame and round out the class. 


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