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
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