On Leave Hopes To Sail To Victory In G2 Goldikova

Shug McGaughey-trained On Leave has the inside post and the morning line designation as the 9-2 favorite in a full field of 14 for Saturday’s $200,000 Goldikova Stakes, the opening event on the climactic day of the first Breeders’ Cup World Championships to be hosted by Del Mar.

The one-mile turf run for older fillies and mares is named for Goldikova, the great Irish-bred mare who won the Breeders’ Cup Mile in consecutive years from 2008-2010 for jockey Olivier Peslier and trainer Freddy Head and finished third when seeking a four-peat in 2011.

On Leave, a 4-year-old daughter of War Front, comes in off a victory in the All Along Stakes at Laurel in September and has a career record of six wins in 12 starts and earnings of $718,300 for owner Stuart S. Janney III.

“She’s been training very well since she got here a week ago,” exercise rider Lena Lorieul said Wednesday morning. “She likes the firm turf, and that’s why we brought her out here.”

McGaughey was enroute to Del Mar from New York on Wednesday.

The field from the rail: On Leave (Irad Ortiz, Jr., 9-2), Laur Net (Kendrick Carmouche, 20-1), Malibu Stacy (Manuel Franco, 30-1), Thundering Sky (Rajiv Maragh, 8-1), Laseen (Victor Espinoza, 30-1), Hillhouse High (Kent Desormeaux, 12-1), Kitten’s Roar (John Velazquez, 5-1), Goldy Espony (Mike Smith, 8-1), Majestic Heat (Flavien Prat, 12-1), Madame Stripes (Joe Talamo, 8-1), Aljazzi (Andrea Atzeni, 6-1), Mrs. McDougal (Javier Castellano, 8-1), Corps de Ballet, 12-1) and Sassy Little Lila (Luis Saez, 12-1).

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