Bedroomconfessions joined JK She’salady and Band Of Angels in winning She’s A Great Lady eliminations last weekend. Bedroomconfessions won her division by one-quarter length over Bettor Be Steppin in 1:52. She will start the final from post four with driver Scott Zeron and is 7-1 on the morning line.
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|Bedroomconfessions won her She's A Great Lady elimination, but will face two undefeated fillies on Saturday.|
JK She’salady, who starts from post three for trainer Nancy Johansson and driver Yannick Gingras, is the 8-5 favorite while Band Of Angels, who leaves from post two for trainer Ron Burke and driver Ron Pierce, is 9-5.
“On paper, I think (Bedroomconfessions) is probably third best, but they don’t win races on paper,” said Bell, who owns the filly with his wife, Stephanie, and trainer Tony Alagna. “She’s been a good filly from the get-go and she’s been improving in every start. She raced JK She’salady a couple times early in the year and wasn’t disgraced, and I don’t think she’ll be disgraced this week.
“Right now, Nancy’s filly is about the best out there. She’s a very precocious filly. But we’ll give it a good shot.”
Bedroomconfessions has won two of six starts, finished second on three occasions – twice to JK She’salady – and earned $50,386. She is a daughter of stallion American Ideal and first foal out of the mare Turnoffthelights, who is a half-sister to millionaire Keystone Horatio.
The Bells’ Riverview Farms, Alagna, and Minisink Farms bred Bedroomconfessions.
“I bought her dam, Turnoffthelights, as a yearling with the intention of breeding her to American Ideal,” Bell said. “We got Bedroomconfessions, so we’re pretty lucky. I like the maternal family a lot and that’s the reason I bought Turnoffthelights. Someday, (Bedroomconfessions) will be a productive broodmare for us, I hope. We’re just hoping she makes a few dollars on the racetrack.”
Bedroomconfessions is eligible to compete in the New York Sire Stakes, but has raced only once on the circuit, finishing fourth at Vernon Downs in a race won by Band Of Angels.
“She’s big, she’s growing quite a bit, so we want to be careful with her,” Bell said. “She’s got another year, at least, to race hopefully. We skipped a lot of the New York part of (this) year because I didn’t want to race her on a (half-mile racetrack). She’ll go the rest of the year on the bigger tracks.
“We have a plan. We’re working it. I hope it comes to fruition.”
Following is the field in post order with drivers, trainers, and morning line: 1. Divine Caroline, John Campbell, Joe Holloway, 15-1; 2. Band Of Angels, Ron Pierce, Ron Burke, 9-5; 3. JK She’salady, Yannick Gingras, Nancy Johansson, 8-5; 4. Bedroomconfessions, Scott Zeron, Tony Alagna, 7-1; 5. Solar Sister, Doug McNair, Gregg McNair, 20-1; 6. Happy Becky, David Miller, Casie Coleman, 6-1; 7. Bettor Be Steppin, Corey Callahan, Joe Holloway, 15-1; 8. Palette Tina, Randy Waples, Ron Parsons, 25-1; 9. Shakai Hanover, Jody Jamieson, Carl Jamieson, 15-1; 10. A Plus, Tim Tetrick, Tony Alagna, 25-1.
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Ron Burke is looking forward to the matchup between his Band Of Angels and Nancy Johansson’s JK She’salady, who both are unbeaten as they enter the She’s A Great Lady final.
Band Of Angels is 6-for-6 for owner Bill Donovan. She won her She’s A Great Lady elimination by five lengths in 1:51.3 with driver Yannick Gingras. Her five previous victories all came on the New York Sire Stakes circuit.
JK She’salady is 5-for-5 for owner 3 Brothers Stables. She won her elim by 7-1/2 lengths in 1:51.1, also with Gingras at the lines. A week earlier, she won her division of the Eternal Camnation Stakes by seven lengths.
Gingras will stay with JK She’salady for the final while Band Of Angels gets the services of Ron Pierce.
“They both look like potential superstars,” Burke said. “The whole field is a bunch of nice horses, but those two last week looked like they were a little bit special. I’m excited for that race. I think that will be a great race.
“I’m excited to see how good my filly really is. We’ll see how they can handle each other, and if they end up knocking each other out, someone could beat them both. I respect (JK She’salady) tremendously, I think she’s a great horse, but I think my filly is a great one too. From here on out they’ll prove us both either right or wrong.”
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Trainer Joe Holloway and driver John Campbell teamed to win a number of major stakes with She’s A Great Lady during her career. Holloway would like to win the race named in her honor.
He sends out two fillies in Saturday’s final: Divine Caroline and Bettor Be Steppin. Corey Callahan drove both to second-place finishes in their respective eliminations, and now Campbell will take the seat behind Divine Caroline in the final.
“They raced good,” Holloway said. “(Divine Caroline) was a little bit steppy and she’ll be better this week. She’s got vicious speed. I’m not conceding the race to either (JK She’salady or Band Of Angels). We’ll be alright.
“It’s about time,” he added with a grin. “John drove Lady and I trained her, so we’ve got to win it one of these times.”