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Pletcher trio could vie for Davona Dale

  • Onlyforyou (Lauren King/Adam Coglianese Photography)

Trainer Todd Pletcher may enter as many as three horses for next Saturday's Grade 2, $200,000 Davona Dale at Gulfstream Park, a 1 1/16-mile stakes for three-year-old fillies.

"Right now, I'm planning to enter Onlyforyou, Stopchargingmaria and Got Lucky is also under consideration for here and the (Grade 3, $200,000) Rachel Alexandra (at Fair Grounds on the same day)," Pletcher said Saturday morning.

Onlyforyou is undefeated in three starts, including a 2 3/4-length victory in the seven-furlong Forward Gal at Gulfstream on January 25. The bay daughter of Malibu Moon began her career with a pair of six-furlong scores -- a November 10 debut victory at Aqueduct and a 3 1/2-length entry-level allowance win at Gulfstream on December 15.

"It would be pretty hard to knock what she's done so far," Pletcher said. "We'll see if she can handle the step-up in distance. Based on the way she's training, we're optimistic."

Stopchargingmaria, who broke her maiden at Saratoga at first asking last July, is coming off a pair of graded victories at Aqueduct last fall in the 1 1/8-mile Demoiselle and the one-mile Tempted.

"She's very versatile. She finished up the year with a couple of nice performances and we've freshened her up a little bit with this race in mind," Pletcher continued. "She's trained well and we're looking forward to getting her started."

Got Lucky, a recent 5 1/4-length maiden winner at Gulfstream, finished second, a quarter-length behind Stopchargingmaria, in the Demoiselle.

Stopchargingmaria and Onlyforyou are scheduled to breeze at Palm Meadows Sunday morning, as is the Pletcher-trained Commissioner, who is expected to vie for favoritism in next Saturday's Grade 2, $400,000 Fountain of Youth.

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