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Pletcher trio could vie for Davona Dale
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."
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.