|TAR HEEL MOM (G. Petty/T.A.H. Worldwide Media)|
Tar Heel Mom won her last start at the venerable upstate New York racetrack capturing the $150,000 Honorable Miss Stakes Gr. II. Now an earner of $778,392, the six-year-old daughter of Flatter is the third favorite with morning line odds of 7-2.
Hilda’s Passion is the 2-1morning line favorite and Sassy Image is second choice at 5-2.
Tar Heel Mom would prefer a less-than-fast track so we guess her connections are looking for Hurricane Irene to hustle it up a bit…
The Ballerina shares the race card with the $1 million Travers Stakes Grade I which will feature Preakness winner Shackleford, Belmont Stakes winner Ruler On Ice and Coil who beat them both in the $1 million Haskell Gr.I last month.
That said, the morning line favorite is the also brilliantly named Stay Thirsty who won the $500,000 Jim Dandy Gr.II in his last start over the Saratoga track.