All was well on Sunday morning for Grade II Fair Grounds Oaks upset winner Street Band, who gave trainer Larry Jones his fourth victory in the final local qualifier for the Grade I $1.5 million Longines Kentucky Oaks.
“We're thrilled with how she stepped up yesterday,” said Larry Jones' assistant trainer Corey York. “I know that Larry is very excited, he was at Oaklawn yesterday. She came back great and ate up well and cooled off just fine. We'll head back to Churchill sometime this week.”
Owned by Jones in partnership with wife Cindy and Ray Francis, Street Band (Istan) joined Kentucky Oaks winners Proud Spell (2008) and Believe You Can (2012) as well as I'm a Chatterbox – third-place finisher of the 2015 Oaks – as winners of the Fair Grounds Oaks conditioned by Jones.
Street Band has a total of 105 qualifying points on the Road to The Kentucky Oaks. In addition to her Fair Grounds Oaks triumph, she earned five points when running fourth in the Grade II Rachel Alexandra Stakes.
Prior to her pair of starts on the Oaks trail at Fair Grounds, Street Band was an allowance winner over the local main track on January 13. She broke her maiden at second asking at Ellis Park on September 3.
A homebred, Street Band is out of the Street Cry (Ire.) broodmare Street Minstrel, who also was trained by Jones.
Meanwhile, Trainer Tom Amoss reported that beaten 1-5 favorite Serengeti Empress, who was eased in the Fair Grounds Oaks, was fine the morning after the race. He went on to say that “no time table and no racing plans” have yet been made.
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