Emollient, a nine-length winner of the Grade I Ashland earlier in the year, heads the list of nominees to the $350,000 American Oaks.
A Grade I for 3-year-old fillies at 1 ¼ miles on turf, the American Oaks is the richest of four graded stakes to be run the final two days (July 13-14) of the Spring/Summer meet at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Besides the American Oaks, the Saturday, July 13 program will also feature the Grade II, $200,000 A Gleam Handicap, the Grade III, $150,000 Hollywood Juvenile Championship and the $150,000 Landaluce.
The main event Sunday, July 14 is the traditional closing day feature – the Grade III, $100,000 Sunset Handicap. The race at 1 ½ miles on turf lured 14 nominees, including Grade I Gamely Stakes winner Marketing Mix and defending champion Dhaamer.
Owned by breeder Juddmonte Farms, Inc. and trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott, Emollient led every step of the way under Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith to dominate 12 rivals in the Ashland April 6 at Keeneland.
A daughter of Empire Maker and the Touch Gold mare Soothing Touch, Emollient has won three of seven and earned $446,900. She has never raced on turf.
The nominees also include Emotional Kitten, who has won two in a row on grass for owner-breeders Ken and Sarah Ramsey and trainer Wesley Ward, as well as Sarach, Scarlet Strike and Macha – the first three finishers in the Grade II Honeymoon Handicap June 8.
A Pennsylvania-bred daughter of Kitten's Joy and the Ghazi mare Silent Emotion, Emotional Kitten won a $53,655 allowance April 7 at Keeneland and the $100,000 Hilltop Stakes May 17 at Pimlico. Both of those victories were by a nose. She's won three of 10 in her career and banked $133,815.
The remaining American Oaks nominees are Becky Lou, Kyriaki, Topic and Wittgenstein.
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