road to the kentucky oaks

Lady Apple, Santana Ride The Rail En Route To Fantasy Score

Phoenix Thoroughbreds III and KatieRich Stables’ Lady Apple used a ground saving trip to score a one-length victory at odds of 9-1 in Friday’s $500,000 Fantasy Stakes (G3) before an on-track crowd of 17,000 at Oaklawn in Hot Springs, Ark. Friday marked the opening of the Thoroughbred racing track’s Racing Festival of the South. As […]

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Bellafina, Chasing Yesterday Meet For First Time In Santa Anita Oaks

A pair of tremendously talented 3-year-old fillies, owner Kaleem Shah’s Bellafina and Summer Wind Equine’s Chasing Yesterday, will face each other for the first time as they head a field of five sophomore fillies in Saturday’s Grade I, $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks. Fresh of a gutty three-quarter-length win in the Grade II, one mile Las […]

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Sophie Doyle Guides Street Band To Upset Fair Grounds Oaks; Serengeti Empress Vanned Off

Cindy and Larry Jones and Ray Francis’ Street Band was 10-1 on the morning line, but jockey Sophie Doyle rode her like the winner in the stretch and was rewarded with a 3 3/4-length triumph in Saturday’s Grade 2 Fair Grounds Oaks. A 3-year-old daughter of Istan, Street Band covered the 1 1/16 miles over […]

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Serengeti Empress In Search Of Fair Grounds Double En Route To Kentucky Oaks

In their final local opportunity to garner points on Churchill Downs’ Road To The Kentucky Oaks, eight fillies are scheduled to line up for Saturday’s Grade II $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks Presented by Twinspires.com. The Fair Grounds Oaks awards the Top 4 finishers points based off of a 100-40-20-10 scale and has been known to […]

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Former Leading Rider Bejarano Returns To Turfway Park For Jeff Ruby Steaks Card

Jockey Rafael Bejarano set Turfway Park afire when he rode regularly here from 2002 to 2004. He won four straight riding titles in that time, including the 2003 holiday meet with a record-setting 46 races over 22 days. He also holds the record for most wins on one card with seven. Long based in California, […]

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‘Most Spoiled Horse In The Barn’: Chasing Yesterday To Start Year In Santa Ysabel

The half-sister to Triple Crown champion American Pharoah, Chasing Yesterday is preparing to make her season debut in this Sunday’s G3 Santa Ysabel Stakes. The 3-year-old Tapit filly is already a Grade 1 winner, but will look to make an impact on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks in 2019. “She’s so sweet,” trainer Bob […]

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Jeltrin Shocks Davona Dale Field At 51-1; Champion Jaywalk Fourth

ADR Racing Stable’s Jeltrin, the longest shot on the board at 51-1, shocked bettors in Saturday’s Grade 2 Davona Dale Stakes with a head victory over 13-1 Florida-bred sire stakes winner Cookie Dough. Meanwhile, the 1-5 favorite and defending champion Jaywalk finished off the board in fourth. Jeltrin, a 3-year-old daughter of Tapizar, covered one […]

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Road To Kentucky Oaks: Serengeti Empress Top Nominations For Keeneland’s Ashland Stakes

Joel Politi’s recent Rachel Alexandra (G2) winner Serengeti Empress, the leading point earner on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks (G1), and D. J. Stable and Cash is King’s Jaywalk, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2018, lead the accomplished  3-year-old fillies nominated to the 82nd running of the $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1) on April 6, opening Saturday of […]

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Busher: Please Flatter Me ‘Training Phenomenally,’ ‘Versatile’ Oxy Lady Seeks Rebound

Please Flatter Me remains on target for the $250,000 Busher Invitational on Gotham Day March 9, as trainer Mark Reid said the undefeated Munnings filly remains scheduled for one final workout at Pimlico before shipping to Aqueduct Racetrack. After starting her career 3-for-3, including a 5 ¾-length win in the seven-furlong Gin Talking last out […]

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Tampa Bay’s Endeavour Stakes Has Distinctive International Flavor

Saturday’s 20th edition of the Grade 3, $175,000 Lambholm South Endeavour Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs has attracted a field of 11 fillies and mares, with Irish-bred 6-year-old mare Hawksmoor among the top contenders despite a frustrating nine-race losing streak that includes five seconds. Her last victory came in the Grade II New York Stakes Presented by […]

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