2021 Roxelana Stakes Cheatsheet
By TwinSpires Editorial Team, Sponsored Content
By James Scully (TwinSpires.com)
1. SHESOMAJESTIC (20-1) will make her first start for new connections after being claimed for $62,500. Twice stakes-placed earlier this season, the five-year-old mare did not fare well last time, weakening to sixth in a seven-furlong test at Churchill Downs on May 23, and the chestnut is unplaced in her last three starts over the track, recording her lone win under the Twin Spires in a $50,000 claiming event. Shesomajestic probably needs easier rivals to be effective, but she’s eligible to be a pace factor from her innermost post.
2. MISS MOSAIC (12-1) just missed when making her first dirt start four weeks ago, finishing a head second at 44-1 odds in a seven-furlong allowance/optional claimer, and the former turf/synthetic specialist may continue to show more on the main track for Ben Colebrook. The five-year-old mare will face a class check against graded foes on Saturday, and Miss Mosaic will need to improve upon her 89 Brisnet Speed rating last time to challenge.
3. FOUR GRACES (7-2) merits consideration in her first start since mid-October. The four-year-old filly displayed fine class last season, including a convincing win in the Dogwood S. (G3) at Churchill Downs, and the dark bay likes to race on or close to the early pace. Her tactical speed looks like an asset in a short field lacking pace. Four Graces was no match for Sconsin in the Eight Belles S. (G2) last September, weakening to second after dueling for the early lead, but she’s a candidate to turn the tables with a better probable setup on the front end.
4. BELL’S THE ONE (7-5) has shown an affinity for Churchill Downs, recording wins in the Derby City Distaff (G1) and Winning Colors (G3) last year, but the classy five-year-old mare must rebound after a well-beaten fourth in her Derby City Distaff title defense on the Kentucky Derby undercard. The confirmed closer appears to be working well for Neil Pessin, recording three “bullet” workouts in the 49-day interim since her last start, and Bell’s the One has kept excellent company the last two seasons. She will be running late with Corey Lanerie.
5. SCONSIN (even-money) is the one to beat following a convincing triumph in the May 22 Winning Colors (G3). A three-time winner at Churchill, the four-year-old filly appears to be thriving for Greg Foley, recording top-notch Brisnet Speed and Late Pace ratings in her last two outings, and the late runner raced closer to a tepid pace last time before striking. Sconsin will use the Roxelana as a prep for the Ballerina S. (G1) at Saratoga, and she can confirm herself as a major player in the female sprint division with another rallying victory.
6. JUNGLE JUICE (30-1) has been close in her last three starts against lesser rivals, but the five-year-old mare has not faced stakes foes since being imported for the United States prior to the 2020 season. She’s eligible to be forward in the early stages from her outside post, but Jungle Juice doesn’t appear fast enough to be competitive.