Test Of Faith favored in Courageous Lady

Northfield, OH — Leading divisional Horse of the Year candidate Test Of Faith will look to continue her streak of Grand Circuit wins in Saturday night’s (Oct. 16) $100,000 Courageous Lady, for 3-year-old pacing fillies, at MGM Northfield Park.

Test Of Faith, a New York Sires Stakes champion at 2 and 3, put together back-to-back Grand Circuit wins at Kentucky’s famed Red Mile on Oct. 3 and 10, including the $207,000 Glen Garnsey this past Sunday afternoon in a career best 1:48.3. The Brett Pelling trainee has compiled 19 victories and three runner-up finishes in 22 career starts, good for $1,155,239 in purses. Hall of Fame driver and Ohio native David Miller will be in the sulky.

Ohio Sires Stakes champion Smothastenesewisky checks in as a 10-1 long shot. She starts from post four for owner-trainer Brian Haynes. The daughter of Nob Hill High is a Cinderella story for Haynes, who purchased the filly as a yearling for $4,000, and that meager investment has yielded nearly $350,000 of earnings in return. Smothastenesewisky has a 1:48.4 mark at The Red Mile earlier this year and has posted seven wins, one second-place finish and three third-place finishes in 16 starts this year. Brett Miller is slated to drive.

Oakwoodanabella IR was not staked to the race, but her connections decided to pay $11,500 to supplement her into Saturday’s event. A perfect six-for-six last year as a freshman in Ireland, the recent U.S. import has won three of five races so far this year. Her most recent score came earlier this month at Hollywood Dayton Raceway in a sparkling 1:49.3 track record performance. Trainer Brian Brown trains the Foreclosure N filly, and has listed Ronnie Wrenn Jr. to pilot the 4-1 second choice.

The 2021 $100,000 Courageous Lady field (with drivers, trainers and morning line odds) is as follows:

1. Think Of Galaxies (Matt Kakaley, Chris Short) 6-1
2. Oakwoodanabella IR (Ronnie Wrenn Jr., Brian Brown) 4-1
3. Summer Touch (Chris Page, Ron Burke) 15-1
4. Smothastenesewhisky (Brett Miller, Brian Haynes) 10-1
5. Test Of Faith (David Miller, Brett Pelling) 3-5
6. Continualou (Dan Noble, Ron Burke) 20-1
7. State Of Mind (Aaron Merriman, Donald Lindsey) 25-1

This year’s Courageous Lady is the 11th race on a 16-race program. A $10,000 guaranteed Pick-4 pool has been added to the night. The guaranteed Pick-4 will begin with the Courageous Lady.

The undercard consists of eight $60,000 Buckeye Stallion Series Championships and the weekly $20,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace.

First race post time is 6 p.m. Admission and parking are always free at MGM Northfield Park.

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