November 30, 2023

Enliven meets six in Demoiselle

Enliven breaking her maiden at Belmont Park (c) Adam Coglianese Photography

Tempted (G3) runner-up Enliven rates as the one to beat in Saturday’s $250,000 Demoiselle (G2) at Aqueduct. A qualifier in the Road to the Kentucky Oaks series, offering a combined 17 points to the (10-4-2-1 scale) top four finishers, the 1 1/8-mile Demoiselle will feature a field of seven two-year-old fillies.

A convincing maiden winner at Belmont Park in her second start, Enliven jumped straight to stakes company and registered a field-best 87 BRIS Speed rating when posting a non-threatening second to upset winner Oxy Lady in the November 2 Tempted at Aqueduct. The Godolphin homebred did finish seven lengths clear of third and Joe Bravo will return aboard the Kiaran McLaughlin-trained daughter of Ghostzapper.

Molto Bella invades off a solid effort in the October 28 Rags to Riches at Churchill Downs, rallying for second behind wire-to-wire winner Mother Mother. Conditioned by Ian Wilkes, Molto Bella is a daughter of Violence and will add the services of Javier Castellano.

Filly Joel and Positive Spirit exit convincing maiden special weight tallies for Rudy Rodriguez and Rudy Brisset, respectively. A Florida-bred daughter of Dialed In, Filly Joel rolled to a 6 1/4-length decision and earned an 86 BRIS Speed rating when crushing foes at Belmont Park on October 25. Jose Lezcano retains the mount. Positive Spirit did not disappoint as the 5-2 favorite at Churchill Downs on November 8, scoring by a comfortable 1 1/2-length margin, and the Pioneerof the Nile filly picks up Manny Franco.

Debut winner Jennifer’s Dream, a close second versus allowance rivals at Laurel Park on November 1, merits respect for Jason Servis. Frankie Pennington rides the Medaglia d’Oro filly. Girls of Tosconova, a close second against starter allowance opponents on November 8, and last-out maiden winner Afleet Destiny complete the field.