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Road To The Kentucky Oaks: Ninety Fillies Nominated For Ashland Stakes At Keeneland

British Idiom, whose victory in Keeneland’s Darley Alcibiades (G1) in October 2019 propelled her to a win in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) and the Eclipse Award as champion 2-old-filly for her undefeated season, and recent Rachel Alexandra (G2) winner Finite, the leading point earner on the 2020 Road to the Kentucky Oaks (G1), headline […]

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British Idiom, Finite, Venetian Harbor Among Leading Early Contenders For 2020 Kentucky Oaks

Champion 2-year-old filly British Idiom, winner of the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (Grade I), tops the roster of 116 early nominations to the $1.25 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI), North America’s premier race for 3-year-old fillies that will be staged at Churchill Downs on Friday, May 1. Owned in partnership by Michael Dubb, The Elkstone Group, Madaket Stables and Bethlehem Stables, British Idiom finished second in […]

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Tapi Sioux Takes On Japan’s Serein In Search Of Oaks Points In Thursday’s UAE Oaks

Runners in Thursday’s classic $250,000 UAE Oaks (G3) in Dubai are vying for ‘top local filly’ bragging rights, as well as 85 (50 to the winner) qualifying points for the $1.25 million Kentucky Oaks (G1) and a spot in the gate for the $2.5 million UAE Derby (G2). In such, many will have a first […]

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Finite Kicks Away From Champion British Idiom In Rachel Alexandra

Ron Winchell, Thomas Reiman, William Dickson and Deborah Easter’s Finite now owns back-to-back victories on the Fair Grounds trail to the Kentucky Oaks, defeating 2019 champion juvenile filly British Idiom (4-5 favorite) by 4 3/4 lengths in Saturday’s Grade 2 Rachel Alexandra Stakes. The 3-year-old Munnings filly (5-2 second choice), ridden by Ricardo Santana, Jr. […]

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Imrpessive Maiden Winner Venetian Harbor Steps Up To Two Turns For Las Virgenes

Venetian Harbor moves from a dominating 10 3/4-length maiden allowance win at 6 1 /2 furlongs on Dec. 29 to Grade II competition Saturday in Santa Anita’s $200,000 Las Virgenes Stakes for three-year-old fillies at one mile, but Richard Baltas is optimistic the bay daughter of Munnings will be up to the task in only […]

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Oaks Trail: Talented Taraz Completes Major Preparations For Feb. 1 Martha Washington

Taraz completed major preparations for the $150,000 Martha Washington Stakes for 3-year-old fillies Feb. 1 by breezing 5 furlongs in 1:01.20 Sunday morning at Fair Grounds for trainer Brad Cox and owner Juddmonte Farms Inc., which also bred the massive daughter of Into Mischief. Taraz, who is unbeaten in two career starts, is scheduled to […]

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Determined Finite Gives Asmussen 1,000th Stakes Win In Silverbulletday

Trainer Steve Asmussen celebrated the 1,000th stakes win of his Hall of Fame career on Saturday at the Fair Grounds, sending out Finite to win the $150,000 Silverbulletday by a head. He is only the third trainer in history to reach this milestone; the other two are D. Wayne Lukas and Todd Pletcher. A 3-year-old […]

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Finite Goes After Fourth Straight Victory, Kentucky Oaks Points In Silverbulletday Stakes

Off of three consecutive wins, including a most recent score in the Golden Rod (G2) at Churchill, Winchell Thoroughbreds and Thomas J. Reiman’s Finite has been installed as the 6/5 morning line favorite over seven 3-year-old filly rivals in the $150,000 Silverbulletday. Run over 1 mile and 70 yards, the top four finishers in the Silverbulletday will […]

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Lake Avenue Takes Over Early, Pulls Away Late In Demoiselle

Godolphin homebred Lake Avenue broke her maiden at second asking last month at the Big A, and the 2-year-old daughter of Tapit continued that trend with a four-length score in Saturday’s Grade 2 Demoiselle Stakes. Trained by Bill Mott and ridden by Junior Alvarado, the 4-1 chance ran nine furlongs over the fast main track […]

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