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Ashleyluvssugar Takes On Five Grade 1 Winners In United Nations

Posted Friday, Jul 3, 2015

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Ashleyluvssugar ships in from California for his first try at a Grade 1 victory in Sunday’s Grade 1, $500,000 United Nations Stakes going a mile and three eighths on the turf. The U.N. is a Breeders’ Cup Win & You’re In event for the Turf division.

            “He shipped in well and has been eating great,” said trainer Peter Eurton, who conditions the horse for Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stable and Ciaglia Racing LLC. “He galloped nicely over the track and should be ready to go.”

            The 4-year-old gelding by Game Plan out of the Urgent Request mare Ashley’s Folly shipped in to Monmouth Park late Wednesday night and is coming off back-to-back Grade 2 victories at Santa Anita in the San Luis Rey and Charles Whittingham, both in come from behind fashion. This will be his first race outside of California.

            Ashleyluvssugar has worked four times since his half-length score in the Charles Whittingham on May 24. His latest came on June 28 where he went five furlongs in 1:02 4/5 over the fast Santa Anita main track.

            “It’s going to be a really tough field,” said Eurton. “I’ll let Gary (jockey Stevens) guide him where he needs to be. A lot of the horses seem to like to come from off the pace, so we need to be in a good spot as we turn for home.”

            A tough field indeed. Ashleyluvssugar has his work cut out for him going into the United Nations. He has to take down five Grade 1 winners including Champion Older Turf horse and Horse of the Year finalist Main Sequence, who won the U.N. last year. Chad Brown sends in the top two finishers from the Manhattan on the Belmont Stakes undercard; Slumber and Big Blue Kitten, the latter won the 2013 U.N. The other Grade 1 winners include Claude McGaughey III trainee Imagining, who won last year’s Grade 1 Man O’War, and Twilight Eclipse, who won this year’s Man O’War and finished second behind Main Sequence in last year’s U.N.

             The United Nations will be race 11 on Sunday’s 12-race card. It will be one of two graded stakes races run that day with the Grade 3 Salvator Mile to be run prior to the U.N. Both races will be televised on Fox Sports 1 starting at 4:30 p.m. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. with first post 12:50 p.m.


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