Mrs. Orb surges late to capture $100,000 Caesar’s Wish

July 5, 2021

Ellanation Rallies for First Stakes Victory in $75,000 Jameela

BALTIMORE, Md. – Ruggeri Stable, Richard Coburn, Script R Farm and trainer Michael Miceli’s Mrs. Orb, a two-time New York-bred stakes winner, came with a steady run down the center of the track to reel in Trolley Ride and surge past late for a popular half-length triumph in Sunday’s $100,000 Caesar’s Wish at historic Pimlico Race Course.

The 1 1/16-mile Caesar’s Wish for fillies and mares 3 and up was the third of four stakes worth $375,000 in purses on the Independence Day holiday program and part of the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championship (MATCH) Series.

Favored at 2-1 in a field of seven, Mrs. Orb ($6.20) rated in fourth under jockey Horacio Karamanos as multiple stakes winner Artful Splatter was eager to go on from Post 3 and led through fractions of 23.32 and 46.63 seconds, with Midwest shipper His Glory in closest pursuit.

Trolley Ride, who swept into contention from well back on the far outside to challenge the leaders and was followed by Mrs. Orb, who dogged Trolley Ride into deep stretch before edging clear. Trolley Ride was 2 ½ lengths clear of Sweet Sammi D in third, followed by Artful Splatter, His Glory, Suggestive Honor and Gracetown. Landing Zone was scratched.

“She’s done that before. Usually she’s kind of a position-type mare, and today she was a little farther back. But she can come from that far back. It’s just how the race unfolds for her,” Miceli said.

“She’s a tough gal and not the easiest to train, but you don’t mind when they can run,” he added. “She’s a little temperamental and you’ve just kind of got to cater to her needs. If you do that, it goes a long way.”

The Caesar’s Wish debuted in 1978 at old Bowie Race Course and was held at both Pimlico and Laurel before it was renamed the Beyond the Wire for 2018. It honors the Maryland-bred mare that won 11 of 16 starts over two seasons including the 1978 Mother Goose (G1) and Black-Eyed Susan (G2) and 1977 Demoiselle (G2) and Villager (G3). Her winning time in the Mother Goose broke Hall of Famer Ruffian’s stakes record and stood until 1994. 

Ellanation, (Maryland Jockey Club)

Ellanation Rallies for First Stakes Victory in $75,000 Jameela

Dark Hollow Farm’s Ellanation, a 5-year-old Maryland bred mare by Alternation, rallied down the stretch to win the $75,000 Jameela Stakes by a half-length over Dendrobia. Quiet Company was third.

The 33rd running of the Jameela for Maryland-bred/sired fillies and mares 3 and up was the first of four stakes worth $375,000 in purses on the Independence Day holiday program.

Trained by Michael Trombetta, Ellanation covered a good five-furlong turf course in :58.59 under jockey Victor Carrasco.

Ellanation was rated fifth behind a :22.60 opening quarter by Carrasco, who saved ground around the turn and entering the stretch. Down the stretch, Carrasco guided Ellanation to the outside of the pacesetters Can the Queen and Quiet Company and drove to the finish.

Proper Attire, Paisley Singing, Rapidashqueen and main-track-only entrants Hello Beautiful and Never Enough Time were scratched.

Ellanation was sold by Dark Hollow as a 2-year-old for $160,000 but bought back later when the mare had a chip in her knee.

“Mike said she was doing really well, so that’s how she ended up in the race,” Dark Hollow’s David Hayden said. “We love the family, we love her, so we’re very, very excited and thrilled now, I can tell you.”

Jameela won 16 stakes including the Maskette (G1), Ladies (G1) and Delaware (G1) handicaps before being retired following the 1982 season as the first Maryland-bred to surpass $1 million in lifetime earnings. She had two foals before passing away from colic in 1985, the first being 1988 champion sprinter Gulch.

Maryland Jockey Club Press Release

Photo: Mrs. Orb, (MJC)

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