Miesque Winner Seeks First Victory Of 2012 In Given

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Posted 09.19.12 at 1:44

More Than Love and jockey Ramon Dominguez, outside, edge Starship Flare (Victor Espinoza), to win the Miesque. © Benoit Photo

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (September 19, 2012)—More Than Love, who won the 2011 Miesque Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park, will make her first start in some 4 ½ months in the $85,000 The Given Stakes Thursday at Belmont Park.

Restricted to 3-year-old fillies at one mile over the Widener turf course, the Given is the seventh of nine races. Scheduled post time is 12:02 p.m. PDT. Track gates at Betfair Hollywood Park will open at 10:15 a.m. for simulcasts.

Owned by Newton Anner Stud and trained by John Terranova II, More Than Love defeated Starship Flare by a nose as the even-money favorite in the Grade III Miesque last Nov. 25.

A daughter of More Than Ready out of the Zafonic mare I’m in Love, More Than Love has failed to win in three subsequent races. She hasn’t started since finishing last of 12 in the Edgewood Stakes May 4 at Churchill Downs.

A Kentucky bred, More Than Love has won two of six lifetime while banking $115,998.

The large cast also includes Nayarra and Colonial Flag, who finished seventh and eighth, respectively, in the Grade I American Oaks July 14 at Betfair Hollywood Park.

From inside out, the field for The Given Stakes: Senator Beck, Joe Bravo rides, 122 pounds; Pianist, Javier Castellano, 117; Assateague, Rajiv Maragh, 117; Wholelottashakin, Rosie Napravnik, 117; Sweet and Lovely, Edgar Prado, 117; Rhonin Victoria, Ramon Dominguez, 117; More Than Love, Irad Ortiz, Jr., 122; Medolina, John Velazquez, 122; Alaura Michele, Eddie Castro, 122; Colonial Flag, Joe Rocco, Jr., 122; Nayarra, Julien Leparoux, 122, Elusive Rumour, Jose Lezcano, 117; Princess Sinead, Lezcano, 117; Ainsley, Cornelio Velasquez, 117; Sea Island, Alan Garcia, 119 and Resonating, Garcia, 117.

Princess Sinead and Ainsley are also eligibles. Sea Island and Resonating were entered for main track only.

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