Making her first start since a sixth-place finish in the Kentucky Oaks, Street Band put in a dominant performance in Saturday evening's G3 Indiana Oaks. The 3-year-old daughter of Istan rated off the pace, split rivals in the turn and kicked away down the lane to win by 3 1/2 lengths as the 3-1 second choice. Ridden by Sophie Doyle and trained by Larry Jones, Street Band completed 1 1/16 miles over Indiana Grand's fast main track in 1:43.01.
The Fair Grounds Oaks winner is owned by Medallion Racing and MyRacehorse.com, as well as breeders Ray Francis, Cindy Jones, and Larry Jones.
“To describe what she means to me is pretty hard because she's tremendous,” Doyle said. “Like I said going to the Oaks, she's a hot fiery redhead, and we match well together.”
Post-time favorite and Doug O'Neill trainee Kim K was off quickly and took the early lead, while the sharp-breaking Street Band was shuffled back to fifth in the early going. Shacklette and Blessed Again chased Kim K through fractions of :23.83 and :47.73, maintaining steady pressure on the leader down the backstretch.
Meanwhile, Street Band was anxious to go while behind rivals. She was tugging at the reins and Doyle had to pull her off the rail to try to get her to settle around the five-eighths pole, but the jockey was able to put Street Band back on the inside around the far turn.
Doyle got first run on the leader with a move starting at the three-eighths pole, splitting rivals for a ground-saving trip and taking the lead before the quarter pole. From there, Street Band's confidence was high and the filly pulled away willingly, crossing the wire 3 1/2 lengths the best. Sundaysatthebeach made a late run for second, while Chocolate Kisses was up for third. High Regard was fourth, and favorite Kim K faded to be fifth.
“It was really good, it played out nice,” Jones said. “I told Sophie earlier, 'Look, there's a couple of horses who like to go to the front, but this filly might want to go.' I said, 'Don't wrassle her. If you can get her tucked in great, but do not wrassle her.' It all played out well. Sophie got her in a good spot. I'm tickled to death for her, so happy for her. That was better for me than anything else.”
Bred in Kentucky by co-owners Ray Francis, Cindy Jones, and Larry Jones, Street Band is out of the winning Street Cry mare Street Minstrel. She won at second asking at Ellis Park, then captured an allowance race to kick off her sophomore season. After a fourth-place effort in the G2 Rachel Alexandra, Street Band aired by 3 3/4 lengths in the Fair Grounds Oaks to earn her first graded stakes win. She had a bit of a rough trip in in the Kentucky Oaks, but rebounded in Indiana to improve her overall record to four wins from 10 starts for earnings of over $440,000.
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