Exposed in her first graded stakes appearance, Perfect Story will try to rebound in today's $250,000 Stonerside Beaumont at Keeneland.
A half-sister to Point Given, the winner of the 2001 Preakness and Belmont Stakes, Perfect Story won three of her first five for owner John Oxley and trainer John Ward, but finished fourth in the Davona Dale at Gulfstream on Feb. 23.
The chestnut daughter of Tale of the Cat was beaten nearly 15 lengths by Yell and will have a new rider in the Beaumont, which is run at about seven furlongs. Kent Desormeaux, who is riding the Keeneland meet, has the call. Edgar Prado, who has ridden Perfect Story in five of her six races, is sticking with Midnight Cry.
Another highly regarded filly in the Grade II is Elegant Designer. Trained by Anthony Dutrow for owner Michael Sherman, the 3-year-old Suave Prospect miss has won four in a row and six of eight.
Race of the day: Proven Form l gets a jockey switch to Gary Stevens and is moved to the turf in today's fifth at Santa Anita. The $47,000 mile event drew eight other 3-year-old fillies racing for a $50,000 claiming price.
Who's hot: Christophe Clement. The trainer won with 18 of his first 75 starters at Gulfstream Park and has promising 3-year-old Dynever, who was dominant in last weekend's Aventura Stakes.
Who's not: Leonard Duncan. The trainer is three for 44 in 2003.
Exotically speaking: A pick four using Proven Form, Tracy's Tracton, Yearly Copy and Artist's Studio in the fifth, singling Mr. Dillon in the sixth and So Urgent in the seventh and Perla Ermosa, Runaway Rubi, La Bella and Smilin Susan in the eighth.
Winners: Previous day/meet total: 2/219. Money: Previous day/meet total: $11.60/$1,235.40. Total money bet: $1,306.