ALL ALONG STAKES

Rutherienne (left) headlines a tough field of ten fillies and mares in the $200,000 All Along Stakes (gr. III) Saturday June 21 at Colonial Downs.

Rutherienne comes into the 1 1/8 miles All Along off a rare loss in the Grade I Gamely Handicap. The 4-year-old Pulpit filly is nine for 12 lifetime, including a two length win in the Del Mar Oaks (gr. I) last summer over likely second choice Valbenny. Rutherienne won the Jenny Wiley Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland under Garret Gomez in her seasonal debut and will be reunited with the Eclipse Champion rider in the All Along. Christophe Clement trains Rutherienne for Virginia Kraft Payson LLC.

Lael Stables’ Valbenny (below right) will be making her second start of the season and second start for new trainer Michael Matz in the All Along. The 4-year-old Val Royal filly was a graded stakes winner at both two and three for former trainer Patrick Gallagher. Valbenny was an even third in the Gallorette Handicap on the Preakness undercard after being trapped behind a slow pace. Three-time All Along winner Edgar Prado will be aboard Saturday.

J’ray looks to rebound off a disappointing sixth in the Sheepshead Bay Handicap (gr. II) in late May. The multiple graded stakes winner has been somewhat unlucky this season, getting beaten less than a length in three straight stakes. The 5-year-old Distant View mare has been first or second in 13 of 20 starts for trainer Todd Pletcher and owner Lawrence Goldman.

Earl I. Mack’s Lady Digby finished second in the Gallorette, just a half-length behind winner Roshani and 4 ½ lengths to the better of Valbenny. The 4-year-old Grand Sla filly annexed the Dahlia Stakes in April and has been on the board in all five starts this season for trainer Graham Motion.

Indescribable scored her first graded stakes win in the Arlington Matron Handicap (gr. III) May 26 at Arlington but is somewhat unproven on turf. The 4-year-old Pleasant Tap filly won and allowance race on Hollywood Park turf course in December was a badly seven in her only other turf try. The All Along will be Indescribable’s first race for trainer Bill Mott. Garrett Gomez will ride the Courtland Farms homebred.

Palmilla, Eclisse, Dancing Band, Royal Pleasure and High Moment round out the All Along field.

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(Photos by Adam Colgianese and Benoit Photo)