After an unlucky start in her last outing, Sawyer, conditioned by Jane Cibelli, will travel a mile and a sixteenth on the turf as she tries stakes company for the first time in Saturday’s $60,000 Desert Vixen Stakes.
A 3-year-old filly by Into Mischief out of the Unbridled’s Song mare Song, Sawyer posted a third place finish through disqualification in her last outing, an allowance event at Monmouth Park on June 7.
“I liked her performance last race, other than the fact that she got in trouble,” Cibelli said. “A horse came over on her and she had to check her during the stretch. I think but for that she would have been second. I’m not sure if she would have beaten the winner but I think she would have gotten second.”
Since her last race Sawyer has posted three works, most recently breezing four furlongs along the main track in Oceanport in :48 2/5 on July 12.
“She’s been training super,” said Cibelli. “She came out of her last race really well. Since she got into some trouble in that race, we thought if we want to try a stakes race now is the time. It’s not an easy race that’s for sure. She’ll certainly need some racing luck, but I figured if there’s a time to get her some black type it’s as a 3-year-old.”
Among the tough competition that Cibelli was referring to are a pair of Todd Pletcher trained entrants Super Sky and Patsy’s Holiday, who are the favorite and second choice on the morning line at 4-1 and 5-1, respectively.