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Turfway Park: How to bet the 2022 Serena's Song Stakes

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March 25th, 2022

Sophomore fillies will travel six panels on the Tapeta at Turfway Park in the Saturday feature, the $100,000 Serena’s Song S. A total of seven ladies are signed on for the dash featuring numerous talented youngsters. Conditioner Brad Cox has a trio of lively entrants in the cast, and I will side with a pair hailing from his highly productive barn.

In a race where a wicked and contested pace is expected, the winner is likely going to run from off the pace some, and two horses are of particular interest to me. #2 Sea Level (8-1) has done little wrong in her career at this stage of her development, and I expect the talented miss to give a fine account of herself while making her All-Weather debut on Saturday. By Exaggerator, the three-year-old is 2-for-3 with a good second in her lifetime, exiting a strong runner-up showing in the My Trusty Cat S. at Delta Downs in her juvenile finale.

The Kentucky-bred dark bay comes in fresh for her local bow and has trained steadily in advance of this affair. The homebred has been working in fine fashion as of late, and if she runs to those morning moves, then I expect her to pick off horses in the lane en route to an upset tally at a nice number.

#6 Yin Yang (8-1), also from the Cox shedrow, has proven her worth on both turf and dirt, and I fully expect her to be a factor in her synthetic debut in this spot. The stakes-placed daughter of Point of Entry rated early before exploding late in an allowance sprint victory at Fair Grounds in her seasonal bow, and the versatile lass is of very good value in this endeavor with Joe Talamo taking the reins. I expect the bay to press the pace early on before getting the jump on the closing types in the early stretch.

Three-time stakes heroine #4 Marissa’s Lady (1-1) is the one to beat, and for good reason, for conditioner Bill Morey. The Violence gray is unbeaten from four sprint tries and has an obvious affinity for the surface. In addition, the filly cuts back in trip after trying a route of ground most recently and is a must-use with Bejarano in the irons.

And wildcard #7 Ruthin (7-2) could be any kind from a fine outside post draw for Wesley Ward. The $475,000 daughter of Ribchester aired on debut while sprinting on the Keeneland turf prior to leading early, before being outkicked in the Windsor Castle S. at Royal Ascot in June. The filly has been freshened up for Saturday by a superb layoff conditioner, and she could be the one to catch turning for home under the guidance of Chris Landeros.

Serena’s Song Wagers

  • $1 trifecta 2,6 with 2,4,6,7 with all ($30)
  • .50-cent superfecta 2,6 with 2,4,6,7 with 2,4,6,7 with all ($24)

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