Trainer Mike Maker earned his second straight stakes win on the Jeff Ruby Steaks undercard when Three Diamonds Farm's Go Noni Go took the DRF Bets Bourbonette Oaks (G3) by two lengths over In the Mood. Homemade Salsa, also from the Maker barn, was a neck farther back in third. Hey Negrita completed the superfecta. Final time for the mile race for 3-year-old fillies was 1:39.09.
The win gave the Get Stormy filly 20 points toward the Kentucky Oaks (G1).
“I've ridden her before and I'm happy we finally got her a stakes win,” said jockey Tyler Gaffalione. “Everything went as planned. She broke well today, she relaxed, and that was the main thing. Mike and his team did a great job getting her ready for today's race.”
Go Noni Go broke first but settled second-last in the field of eight as Hey Negrita set the early pace, traveling the first quarter in :25.29 and the half in :48.27. In the Mood drew even with the leader at the half and the two raced side by side until In the Mood took a short lead mid-way on the turn. As those two fought each other, Go Noni Go ranged up to the outside and at the sixteenth pole finally wore down a very game In the Mood. Homemade Salsa made a late run to pass Hey Negrita and claim the show spot.
Hey Negrita stayed in for fourth, followed by the 2-1 favorite Consolida (GB), Mo Flash, Bet She Wins and Queen's Fate. Classy Music, Child's Play and Mauk's Tuff scratched.
Third choice at 7-2, Go Noni Go paid $9.60, $5 and $3.20.
Bred in Kentucky by David Hager II, Go Noni Go is out of the Perfect Soul (IRE) mare Lady Larkspur. She improved her record to 3-1-1 in nine starts.
Maker won the first of his two stakes on the card when Camelot Kitten took the Rushway one race earlier.
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