OZONE PARK, NY – Pizza Bianca will start her 3-year-old season on closing day at Aqueduct Racetrack, facing a talented but compact field in Sunday’s $100,000 Memories of Silver for sophomore fillies covering 1 1/16 miles on the outdoor lawn.
Pizza Bianca, owned and raised by celebrity chef Bobby Flay, won last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf on Nov. 5 in Del Mar, giving trainer Christophe Clement his first Breeders’ Cup score.
The Fastnet Rock girl was skilfully steered by Jose Ortiz from the rail and was the last in the far corner, before weaving through traffic and displaying a strong toe turn to win by a half -length.
Sent off 10-1 for Juvenile Fillies Turf, Pizza Bianca defeated European invaders Malavath [second] and Stamp [fourth]who both picked up Group 3 victories on their side of the pond in their respective starts after the Breeders’ Cup.
“The Breeders’ Cup form is stronger than ever. Two of the fillies that finished second and fourth came back and won in Europe,” said Clement, who is aiming for his third consecutive Memories of Silver after the wins at Feel Glorious.  and bubbles on ice . “Pizza Bianca is doing well. She took a break at Payson Park after the Breeders’ Cup and she’s been training really well, so I’m delighted to see her racing.
While luck was on his side in the Breeders’ Cup, Clement noted that his natural talent was also instrumental in the victory.
“She had an amazing journey. She got out. Jose took her to last and the inside opened up,” Clement said. “Everything worked perfectly. She had a good race, a good trip, luck in the race and she is a good filly. She had a very good turn of foot.
En route to her Breeders’ Cup score, Pizza Bianca was a first winner this summer at Saratoga Racecourse before finishing second to Grade 1 Natalma in September at Woodbine.
Pizza Bianca is out of the unreleased mare Galileo White Hot, which Flay purchased at Tattersalls October 2014 sale. His second dam, Gwynn, is a full sister to Group 3 winner Dawn Patrol and a half-sister to double Group 3 winner Gagnoa and Group 1 winner Pour Moi.
Jose Ortiz will find Pizza Bianca from position 6.
Treadway Racing Stable’s Sail By and Klaravich Stables’ Consumer Spending are also making their first starts since the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.
Coached by Leah Gyarmati, Sail By won the Grade 2 Miss Grillo 12-1 at Belmont Park a month before finishing 13th in the Juvenile Fillies Turf. The Astern Bay filly lit up the catch-all board earlier that summer at Belmont on her June 28 debut at odds of 28-1 before winning the black guy when she was second to Colleen de Monmouth Park and third in a PG Johnson off the field at Saratoga.
Coming out of post 5, Sail By will be ridden by Jose Lezcano.
One of trainer Chad Brown’s two entrants, Consumer Spending finished sixth in the Juvenile Fillies Turf, finishing 1 3/4 lengths behind Pizza Bianca. Gray or roan filly More Than Ready won her Selima debut in October on productive turf at Laurel Park.
Her stablemate, Miss You Ella, finished third in her debut in the Grade 3 Sweetest Singing Last Stakes Feb. 5 at Gulfstream Park after a maiden triumph on the synthetic surface of the South Oval. Florida. The Pennsylvania bred war declaration filly is owned by Madaket Stables, Wonder Stables and Golconda Stable.
Consumer spending will start from station 7 under Manny Franco, while Miss You Ella will be edited by Trevor McCarthy from station 3.
Hall of Famer Shug McGaughey will saddle Courtlandt Farms’ On Alert after a third-place finish in the 3rd-year Florida Oaks on March 12 at Tampa Bay Downs. The daughter of Medaglia d’Oro won on her debut in 2022, a first triumph on the grass of Gulfstream Park.
McGaughey said he was encouraged by Florida Oaks’ effort from On Alert, where she rallied from the last of 9 to finish just 1 1/2 lengths behind the winner Dolce Zel.
“She finished behind a very slow pace, and I think running on the Aqueduct turf will help her. It will help us see where she fits in this group,” McGaughey said. run in an ‘other than’, but I’m a bit interested to see how some of these horses run on a different track.”
On Alert, bought for $500,000 at the 2020 Fasig-Tipton Selective Sale, is out of Bernardini mare Darlings Darling – a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Heavenly Love and Graduated Stakes winner Forever Darling.
Breaking with station 1, On Alert will be piloted by Hall of Famer Javier Castellano.
Completing the field is the winner of Alittleloveandluck stakes [post 4, Kendrick Carmouche] and the only participant of the Waters of Merom main trail.
The Memories of SiIver pays tribute to the double millionaire of John and Joan Phillips, who won Queen Elizabeth II at Keeneland in 1996 and the Beverly D. at Arlington Park in 1997. Trained by Jimmy Toner, Silver Hawk’s daughter also won high stakes in New York, including the 1997 Just a Game at Belmont and the 1998 Ballston Spa and Diana at Saratoga Racecourse.
The Memories of Silver is carded as Race 8 on Saturday’s nine-race schedule, which also includes the $200,000 NYSSS Park Avenue in Race 3. The first post is at 1:20 p.m. EST.
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Pictured: Pizza Bianca smashes her young daughter in Saratoga on July 22, 2021. (Chelsea Durand)