Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott is keeping all options open for Grade 2, $250,000 Demoiselle winner Lake Avenue, who was victorious in her two-turn debut at Aqueduct in Ozone Park, N.Y., on Saturday, garnering an 82 Beyer Speed Figure.
Breaking to the outside in the field of 10 under Junior Alvarado, Lake Avenue broke a touch slow but made a quick recovery and placed herself right on the front end where she proceeded to lead at every point of call and drew off to win by four lengths.
The chestnut daughter of Tapit, out of two-time Grade 1 winner Seventh Street, picked up 10 qualifying points for the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks on May 1 at Churchill Downs.
While she will likely ship to Payson Park in Indiantown, Fla., where Mott is primarily stabled during the winter months, her next start could take place in a wide range of places as she continues to pursue qualifying points on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks.
“They have races in Arkansas, Louisiana and New York. We're not locked in anywhere,” said Mott, who previously saddled Ajina (1996) and Mushka (2007) to Demoiselle scores. “It would make some sense [to keep her at two turns] but she's certainly tactical enough for a mile. I don't think that's an issue.”
Lake Avenue arrived at the Demoiselle off a highly impressive seven-furlong maiden win at second asking, where she displayed similar front-running prowess and drew off to win by 12 3/4-lengths.
“She won so easily at seven-eighths, but it was the fact that she was going down the backside and looked relaxed enough to get the distance,” Mott said. “I've had horses look like that and then get to the eighth-pole and surrender. Just to see her go on; they ran to her a little bit leaving the quarter pole and she just found another gear. It was certainly gratifying.”
Lake Avenue was bred in Kentucky by owner Godolphin.
Mott said no plans have been made yet for Forza di Oro, a distant eighth in the Grade 2 Remsen, and Summer Wind Equine's 2-year-old maiden winner Moon Over Miami. Both colts are likely ship to Payson Park.
Owned and bred by Jane Lyon's Summer Wind Equine, Moon Over Miami was a five-length winner of his second career start, where he recorded an 82 Beyer. Moon Over Miami is out of the Smart Strike broodmare Zimzay, whose dam Music Room is a half-sister to multiple Grade 1-winners Music Note and Musical Chimes.
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