Elate Takes On Elders In Beldame
By Jordan Sigmon
With Abel Tasman’s loss in the Cotillion Stakes (G1) last Saturday, the 3-year-old filly championship could still be up for grabs. Elate will look to add to her credentials for that award by facing her elders for the first time in the Beldame Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park this Saturday.
Elate comes into the Beldame off of an effortless 5 ½-length score in the Alabama Stakes (G1) at Saratoga this summer. Trained by Bill Mott, the daughter of Medaglia d’Oro races for Adele B. Dilschneider and Claiborne Farm.
Well thought of since the day she arrived in Mott’s barn as a 2-year-old, the filly seemed to be living up to those expectations when she broke her maiden at first asking by 12 ½ lengths in late November. When she made her first start as a 3-year-old, the bar was set very high and she was sent off as the the 1-5 favorite in the Suncoast Stakes. But the brilliance she had… (more)