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Tepin poised for another good run in Ballston Spa
Nicole Russo, DRF
Tepin won her first three starts of 2015, including a pair of graded stakes, to establish herself among the leaders of the female turf division. In her first foray to Saratoga, it took a course-record performance to beat her, as she lost by a heartbreaking nose to Hard Not to Like in the Grade 1 Diana Stakes on opening weekend.
Tepin gets a chance for Saratoga redemption in the Grade 2, $400,000 Ballston Spa Stakes on Saturday. The event for fillies and mares on turf is one of seven graded stakes on the card and immediately follows the Grade 1 Travers Stakes.
Tepin captured the Grade 2 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile and the Grade 1 Just a Game Stakes, both at a mile, earlier this year. She stretched out to 1 1/8 miles with a strong performance in the Diana and now cuts back to 1 1/16 miles.
“I don’t think it matters,” said Norman Casse, assistant to his father, trainer Mark Casse. “I think she’s a miler, but I think she can run effectively at a mile and an eighth, so a mile and a sixteenth should hit her right on the head. I guess it just depends on how the pace is.”
Two others from the Diana figure as top contenders and might be part of that pace scenario along with Tepin: third-place Kitten’s Queen and fourth-place My Miss Sophia. Kitten’s Queen, a minor stakes winner herself, has served as a pacemaker for stablemate Stephanie’s Kitten as of late. However, she’s held her ground bravely after setting honest fractions, finishing third by three-quarters of a length in the Grade 2 New York Handicap and third by a neck in the Diana.
My Miss Sophia, second in the 2014 Kentucky Oaks, found new life on turf for trainer Bill Mott when winning an optional-claiming event by 4 1/2 lengths on the front end at Belmont in June. She immediately stepped up against Grade 1 company in the Diana, tracking Kitten’s Queen in second until deep stretch.
Kitten’s Queen is one of three in the race trained by Chad Brown, who also will saddle Danza Cavallo and Dacita. Danza Cavallo finished fifth in the Grade 1 Gamely at Santa Anita earlier this season, then got some class relief in the 1 1/2-mile Waya Stakes on Aug. 8 at Saratoga. However, she was rank early behind a slow pace set by victorious stablemate Goldy Espony and faded to 10th. Brown has cut her back in distance hoping she’ll settle off additional pace up front. 
Season Ticket Much the Best in Wonder Where
 The BloodHorse
 
 Fifth with a quarter mile to run, Woodford Racing's Season Ticket was in charge with a furlong to go and coasted to a comfortable win in the $250,000 Wonder Where Stakes, the third jewel in Canadian Triple Tiara, Aug. 9 at Woodbine.
 
The Lemon Drop Kid filly cruised past runner-up Ice Festival en route to a 1 1/2-length triumph, taking the race for Canadian-bred fillies as the 6-5 favorite. Pacesetter Pengally Bay was just a head back in third.
  
With Patrick Husbands riding for trainer Mark Casse, Season Ticket covered 1 1/4 miles under a hand ride in 2:03.01 on firm turf. She has a 3-2-1 record from nine career starts.
  
Husbands saved ground from fifth on the rail in the early running, while Pengally Bay set fractions of :25.77, :50.44, and 1:14.95 through six furlongs under mild pressure from Ice Festival. Brooklynsway stalked the pacesetters from fourth position down the backstretch and moved closer to contention through the final turn. Season Ticket stayed on the rail through the turn, before angling outside of Brooklynsway for the stretch run, gathering momentum, and then bursting clear of the field.
 
"She's a classy little filly and I was very high on her going into to this race. Her last breeze was unbelievable," said Husbands. "The rails are pretty far out, and there were some decent fillies in there I needed to keep my eyes on. I had a perfect trip."
  
Bred in Ontario by Sean Fitzhenry, Season Ticket proved her turf talents as a 2-year-old last December at Gulfstream Park, graduating in a mile maiden allowance at first asking. She was third behind Academic in the Woodbine Oaks, the first jewel in the classic series for Canadian-bred fillies, and in her most recent start, was second in the Ontario Damsel Stakes July 18.
 
Under equal weights of 121 pounds, Season Ticket returned $5.80, $3.40, and $2.60.
  
Season Ticket was $120,000 purchase at the 2013 Keeneland September yearling sale, where she was offered by Keith Lancaster's agency. Her dam is the Montjeu mare Game.