Last summer, THE GRASS IS BLUE turned heads after decimating maidens in her debut victory at Monmouth Park.
She was then privately purchased and moved to trainer Chad Brown's barn, where she again smashed competition, blowing away an Optional Claiming 75K field at Keeneland.
Though she seemed ready to face tougher fields, things didn't go as planned. She lost her next two races, both in stakes company, in a rather quirky way.
She'd sweep up toward leaders entering the stretch — only to stall and even drift about. This happened more or less in both those losses.
Well, blinkers are added. She will hopefully gain enough focus to save ground, sustain her run, and finish much stronger like she's done before.
The Busanda Stakes is run at a distance of 1 1/8 miles on the Aqueduct main track.
THE GRASS IS BLUE is sired by BROKEN VOW, who won a Grade 2 race at that distance. She is the 7-5 morning line favorite with Manny Franco aboard.
The danger looks like the Todd Pletcher filly, COFFEE BAR, at 8-5 as the second choice. She is lightly raced, but looked dominant beating Maiden Special Weight 70K competition last time out, by over eight lengths. She gets red hot Kendrick Carmouche aboard who is doing extremely well this meet.
There's a third horse that's an interesting case, WONDERWALL at 5-1. After being claimed in mid-December, she turned things around and produced two consecutive wins. The last one against Optional Claimers 62K at Laurel she won by more than 10 ½ lengths. Her last two beyers are almost equal to the second betting favorite, COFFEE BAR (8-5), but with WONDERWALL (5-1) you get more value.
Rounding out the field is TRAFFIC LANE (4-1), and DIAMOND ORE (8-1).
Post time is 3:50 ET. The Busanda Stakes is a Road to the Kentucky Oaks qualifier awarding points to the top four finishers.