Samantha Nicole set to debut

Samantha Nicole, a full sister to 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, is set to make her career debut in Sunday's fourth race at Fair Grounds.

The sophomore daughter of Medaglia d'Oro is out of the Roar mare Lotta Kim and a bay like her elder sibling, who is now an eight-year-old mare. The three-year-old filly most recently breezed a half-mile in :51 seconds on Monday. Before that she drilled a five-furlong move February 3 in a bullet 1:00.

Samantha Nicole, who arrived at Fair Grounds January 23, is owned by Stonestreet Stable, who purchased her out of the 2012 Keeneland November sales for $700,000.

The bay filly is being conditioned by Fair Grounds' 13-time trainer champion Steve Asmussen and will be ridden in Sunday's mile-and-70-yard test for sophomore maiden fillies by Fair Grounds' three-time defending jockey champion Rosie Napravnik.

Rachel Alexandra is one of five of the last nine Fair Grounds Oaks winners to go on and capture Churchill Downs' Kentucky Oaks on the day before the Kentucky Derby.

Following her Oaks win, recorded under the tutelage of trainer Hal Wiggins, Rachel Alexandra was sold by owner/breeder Dolphus Morrison to Stonestreet Stable, who stepped her up successfully against male rivals in Pimlico's Preakness in the second leg of racing's Triple Crown under her new trainer Asmussen.

Following her Preakness tally, Rachel Alexandra won Belmont Park's Mother Goose and then successfully challenged male rivals two more times in Monmouth Park's Haskell Invitational and Belmont's Woodward to conclude her Horse-of-the-Year sophomore season.