Code Warrior to Try Presque Isle Masters Again


Photo: Michael Burns
Code Warrior wins the Seaway Stakes at Woodbine

Zilli Racing's Code Warrior will look to add a third graded stakes to her 5-year-old season in the $400,00 Presque Isle Downs Masters Stakes (G2) for fillies and mares Sept. 17.

Set as the feature race on Presque Isle Downs' Monday card, the 6 1/2 furlongs will be contested on the all-weather track.

Code Warrior, who did not fare well in the 2017 edition, finishing 10th in the race won by Ami's Mesa, has yet to break through in grade 2 company. She started her 5-year-old season with a score in the Abundantia Stakes at Gulfstream Park for trainer Michael de Paulo. The daughter ofSociety's Chairman  has since added the 6 1/2-furlong Hendrie Stakes (G3) over Masters entrant Let It Ride Mom, and the seven-furlong Seaway Stakes (G3) in her most recent effort at Woodbine.

Ami's Mesa also returns to defend her title in the Masters, which she won just before finishing second in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) to end her 4-year-old season.

This year the Sky Mesa  mare, trained by Josie Carroll for Ivan Dalos, made her season debut in the grade 1 Madison Stakes at Keeneland where she finished sixth. Since then Ami's Mesa has been putting in weekly breezes over her home base Woodbine track.

Heider Family Stables' Lady Alexandra, who just missed by a neck to Long On Value in the grade 1 Highlander Stakes at Woodbine in June, could be competitive in the overflow field of 12. The 4-year-old More Than Ready  filly is trained by Graham Motion and had come off a 3 1/2-length win in the License Fee Stakes at Belmont Park prior to her first top-level effort.

Another that could prove a contender Monday is Hot Shot Anna, who enters off three consecutive victories—the most recent a 3 3/4 score in Presque Isle Downs' six-furlong Satin and Lace Stakes.

Entries: Presque Isle Downs Masters S. (G2)

Presque Isle Downs, Monday, September 17, 2018, Race 6

  • Grade II
  • 6 1/2f
  • All Weather Track
  • $400,000
  • 3 yo's & up Fillies and Mares
  • 7:40 PM (local)
PP Horse Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L
1 1Browse (KY) Flavien Prat 117 Claude R. McGaughey III 6/1
2 2Crazy Sweet (KY) Erin M. Walker 114 Glenn S. Wismer 8/1
3 3Tulsa Queen (PA) Huber Villa-Gomez 114 Ryan D. Walsh 50/1
4 4Ami's Mesa (ON) Luis Contreras 114 Josie Carroll 7/2
5 5Jean Elizabeth (IL) Jose Valdivia, Jr. 113 Larry Rivelli 20/1
6 6Miss Gossip (IRE) Albin Jimenez 114 Eduardo Caramori 12/1
7 7Let It Ride Mom (KY)Keeneland Sales Graduate Jerome Lermyte 125 Mark E. Casse 10/1
8 8Code Warrior (FL)Keeneland Sales Graduate Jesse M. Campbell 125 Michael P. De Paulo 6/1
9 9Hotshot Anna (KY)Keeneland Sales Graduate Antonio A. Gallardo 125 Hugh H. Robertson 3/1
10 10Princess La Quinta (KY)Keeneland Sales Graduate Carlos H. Marquez, Jr. 125 James M. Gulick 15/1
11 11Noted and Quoted (FL) Joe Bravo 114 Michael Stidham 30/1
12 12Lady Alexandra (KY)Keeneland Sales Graduate Jose L. Ortiz 120 H. Graham Motion 8/1
13 13Broken Bridle (KY)Keeneland Sales Graduate Jevian Toledo 114 Gary Capuano 30/1
14 14Lady Oak (IRE) Addiel J. Ayala 114 Glenn S. Wismer 50/1