Wednesday, April 20, 2011
KENTUCKY OAKS GRADE 1
CHURCHILL DOWNS, LOUISVILLE KY.
MAY 6TH: For three year old fillies
Distance One Mile and a eighth
Subject to change and not in order:
Dancinginherdreams a daughter of Tapit is trained by John Ward. She is one of the many fillies reaching for the lilies in the Kentucky Oaks.
Kathmanblu a Kentucky bred daughter of Bluegrass Cat out of the Devil's Bag mare Abba Gold. A stakes winner on both grass and dirt.
R Heat Lightning .......A Grade 1 winner second to Eclipse champion Awesome Feathers in the Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies maker her one of the favorites in the Oaks. The stable mate to Uncle Mo owned by E. Paul Robsham Stables and trained by Todd Plecher is a daughter of Trippi. She looked awesome on April Second when she romp in the Gulfstream Oak. Check it out!
Daisy Devine disposed of pacesetter Grandacious leaving the far turn and held sway in the lane to win the $500,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II), a key prep race for the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), by a half-length March 26 at Fair Grounds.
Ridden to victory by James Graham, Daisy Devine benefited from a freshening since a tough loss in the Silverbulletday Stakes Jan. 22 to record her first stakes win for owner James Miller and trainer Andrew McKeever. The daughter of Kafwain , a $5,500 Keeneland yearling in September 2009, defeated eight rival 3-year-old fillies in the 1 1/16-mile Fair Grounds Oaks.
Favored Joyful Victory went to the front of the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) class when she dominated the $125,000 Honeybee Stakes (gr. III) by 8 3/4 lengths in her first start of the year at Oaklawn March 12 (VIDEO).
Ridden by Mike Smith for Rick Porter's Fox Hill Farm, the Canadian-bred Joyful Victory made her initial start for trainer Larry Jones, who has compared the Tapit offspring to his star filly, Eight Belles, the 2008 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) runner-up. Jones, along with his wife Cindy, have trained the past four Honeybee winners, including No Such Word, Just Jenda and Eight Belles.
This was the first stakes win for Joyful Victory, who ran fifth in the Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) in her last start Nov. 5. Tony Dutrow trained her as a 2-year-old. Joyful Victory wore blinkers for the first time in the Honeybee
Plum Pretty a well bred daughter of Medaglia D'Oro by A. P. Indy is trained by Bob Baffert. She press the pace then drew clear in the Sunland Park Oaks and smoked the short field by 25 lengths.
Summer Soiree a daughter of War Front is trained by Larry Jones. She had no trouble on the synthetic surface debut in the Bourbonette Oaks at Turfway Park. She was coming off a awesome 10 length victory an a highly regarded allowance win at Oakawn Park in her three year old debut. Check her out!
Zazu the gray daughter of Tapit burst onto the scene at Santa Ania after begining her career at Del Mar and Hollywood Park. On January 15th she flew at the wire to fall a neck short in the Santa Ynez Stakes. Zazu then with a race under her belt was not denied in the Las Virgenes. That was her second win in six starts. I love her look and style of running....... a stand-out.
Arienza...... a daughter of Giant's Causeway out of the 2002 Horse of the Year Azeri is a complete blue-blood. She won her first two starts at Oaklawn Park for trainer Dan Pietz before her runner up finish in the Fantasy.......... Check her out........ beware!
Lilacs And Lace..... upset the field in the Ashland Stakes at Keeneland on April 9th. She defeated Wyomia by a length while the favorite Kathmanblu finished third. She enjoys going to the lead according to her jockey Javier Castellano.
Posted by Michael at 12:28 PM