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2023 Fleur De Lis Stakes Preview & FREE Picks | A Mo Reay Brings Strong Back Class To Ellis Park
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2023 Fleur De Lis Stakes Preview & FREE Picks | A Mo Reay Brings Strong Back Class To Ellis Park

Aaron previews the 2023 Fleur de Lis Stakes (G2) from Ellis Park, then gives his top picks & long shots. The Beholder Mile Stakes (G1) winner A Mo Reay brings her strong back class to face 7 rivals including fellow Grade 1 champion Pauline’s Pearl. Who wins? Tell us YOUR thoughts in the Comments section!

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The press release:

    Hunter Valley Farm’s Grade I-winning filly A Mo Reay heads a compact field of seven fillies and mares entered in the $400,000 Fleur de Lis (Grade II) at Ellis Park Racing & Gaming. 

    The 1 1/16-mile Fleur de Lis was slated as Race 8 of 11 with a post time of 3:22 p.m. (all times Central). The fantastic program from Ellis Park is headlined by the $1 million Stephen Foster (GI). The other supporting stakes are the $400,000 Wise Dan (GII), the $225,000 American Derby (Listed), the $225,000 Kelly’s Landing and the $225,000 Tepin. First post is 11:45 a.m.

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    Trained by Brad Cox, A Mo Reay achieved her greatest glory two starts ago in the Beholder Mile (GI) at Santa Anita. Other top victories on A Mo Reay’s resume include the Bayacoa (GIII) and Pago Hop. Overall, A Mo Reay sports a solid record of 13-5-1-3 with $728,275 in purse earnings. Jockey Flavien Prat will have the mount from post No. 6.

    Other notable entrants in the Fleur de Lis include Kaleem Shah’s multiple graded stakes placed Bellamore, Stonestreet Stables’ Grade I winner Pauline’s Pearl and Farfellow Farms’ two-time stakes winner Moon Swag.

    Here is the complete field for the Fleur de Lis from the rail out (with jockey and trainer):

  1. Bellamore (Martin Garcia, Simon Callaghan)
  2. Moon Swag (Luis Saez, Brendan Walsh)
  3. Royal Take Charge (Cristian Torres, Al Stall Jr.)
  4. Soul of an Angel (Luis Reyes, Gerald James)
  5. Pauline’s Pearl (Joel Rosario, Steve Asmussen)
  6. A Mo Reay (Prat, Cox)
  7. Heartyconstitution (Tyler Gaffalione, Joe Sharp)
  8. Music Street (Julien Leparoux, Whit Beckman)