Oaklawn Park Weekend Recap

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Frisco Bash
Frisco Bash is a Staff writer for Horse Racing Radar
Monday, March 1, 2021

Oaklawn Park delivered us six stakes races with over $2.1 million in total purse money. It was a muddy affair, but that did not take away from the competitive racing that took place!

We welcomed the return of MONOMOY GIRL and ESSENTIAL QUALITY, and they reminded us of what BC champs look like. Best of all, every one of our equine athletes and jockeys finished their races safely. In case you missed out, here's the recap:

The $750K Southwest Stakes (G3) was won by ESSENTIAL QUALITY, ridden by Luis Saez, trained by Brad Cox, owned by Godolphin — in a smart, smashing victory.

ESSENTIAL QUALITY was not bothered by the inside post, nor the sloppy going. He broke alertly and was positioned behind the leading flight, then guided to the 3path and into the clear, so as to avoid kickback while they raced along the backstretch.

JACKIE'S WARRIOR led through opening quarters of 23.52 and 48.11. With three furlongs to go, Luis Saez asks ESSENTIAL QUALITY for run and they cruise to the front handily. SPIELBERG produces his rally as they straighten for the stretch, but ESSENTIAL QUALITY proves too classy. With giant strides and clean blinkers on full display, he dashes clear of his rivals to win by four lengths. SPIELBERG settled for second, JACKIE'S WARRIOR gave way to finish third. The final time for the one mile and one-sixteenth race was 1:45.48.

ESSENTIAL QUALITY paid $3.80 to win, $2.60 to place, $2.10 to show. He is by TAPIT out of DELIGHTFUL QUALITY by ELUSIVE QUALITY. He earns 10 points for his Road to the Kentucky Derby, remains a perfect 4-for-4, and pushes his earnings to $1,785,144. He rises to third in the Kentucky Derby rankings with 40 pts.



The $600K Razorback Handicap (G3) was won by MYSTIC GUIDE, ridden by Luis Saez, trained by Michael Stidham, owned by Godolphin — in an impressive score off his layoff.

MYSTIC GUIDE broke alertly and was positioned in mid-pack but had to race 4-5 wide while pacesetter HUNKA BURNING LOVE showed the way. MYSTIC GUIDE made his move entering the top of the stretch and was fully roused by his pilot and responded well; he kicked away to win by six lengths at the end. SILVER PROSPECT ran up the rail but could not challenge the winner and settled for second. OWENDALE was late in commencing his rally but got up for third. The final time for the one mile and one-sixteenth on the dirt was 1:44.33.

MYSTIC GUIDE paid $6.40 to win, $3.80 to place, and $2.60 to show. He is by GHOSTZAPPER out of MUSIC NOTE by A.P. INDY. He's won 3 times, placed 2 times, and shown 3 times; never being out of the money in all 7 starts. He's now pushed his earnings to $553,200 while earning his highest speed figure doing it.



The $200K SpringFever Stakes was won by KIMARI, ridden by Joel Rosario, trained by Wesley Ward, owned by Ten Broeck Farm, Inc. — in a classy score. She was much the best today.

KIMARI broke evenly and was positioned to run behind the leading flight. She rated mid-pack, some two and half lengths off the lead, then was guided four wide for her stretch run. KIMARI cruised to the front, in-hand, for jockey Joel Rosario. When asked for a strong finish, she obliged and kicked away to win by a final margin of three lengths. CASUAL got up for second, SHESOMAJESTIC ran third. The final time for the five and a half furlongs was 1:04.07

KIMARI paid $3.40 to win, $2.60 to place, and $2.40 to show. She is by MUNNINGS out of COZZE UP LADY by COZZENE. This was her fifth win and she pushed her earnings to $578,777 and earned her highest speed figure doing it. The versatile filly remains perfect on dirt, undefeated at five and a half furlongs.



So much for the stakes action on Saturday. We move to Sunday's racing.

Let us start with the premier race of that day, the $250K Bayakoa Stakes, which was won by MONOMOY GIRL, ridden by Florent Geroux, trained by Brad Cox, owned by MyRaceHorse Stable, Spendthrift Farm LLC and Madaket Stables LLC — in a dazzling victory.

MONOMOY GIRL broke alertly but was floated 4-wide into the first turn. They ran an opening quarter of 24.60, a half in 49.41 with FINITE showing the way. As they approached the turn for home and into the stretch, it looked as if MONOMOY GIRL was having to work hard to keep up. But once she straightened for home, she kicked into high gear and took off like the champion she is, immediately overtaking FINITE and opening up to win by two lengths. OUR SUPERFREAK ran on the get second, FINITE finished third. The final time for the one mile and one sixteenth race was 1:45.92 over the slop.

MONOMOY GIRL paid $2.40 to win, $2.10 to place, and $2.10 to show. She is by TAPIZAR out of DRUMETTE by HENNY HUGHES. She improved to 14 wins from 16 starts; her only two losses were second place finishes. She's now won 6 in a row, victorious in her comeback race— who else in her division can challenge her?


The $150K Dixie Belle Stakes
was won by WINDMILL, ridden by Joseph Talamao, trained by J. Larry Jones, owned by Fox Hill Farms — putting away two speedsters in deep stretch to secure the victory.

WINDMILL broke out on top and sped to the front with the leaders; altogether they made four in a line through an opening quarter of 22.72. They race into the turn and into the stretch, WINDMILL never let up the pressure. She continued a 3wide run and charged past the dueling leaders in deep stretch to win by a length. GOIN GOOD ran second, ABROGATE was a length back in third. The final time for the six furlongs over the sloppy going was 1:11.14.

WINDMILL paid $6.00 to win, $4.00 to place, and $2.40 to show. She is by STREET SENSE out of ZAHARIAS by GRANDSLAM. She's now 2-for-2 with earnings pushed to $139,200, and perfect at Oaklawn Park.



The $150K Downthedustyroad was won by THE MARY ROSE, ridden by Martin Garcia, trained by Brad Cox, owned by Shortleaf Stable — under a perfectly timed rally.

THE MARY ROSE was slow getting into stride and found herself racing mid-pack while the leaders led through fractions of 22.22 and 46.92. She made a big move arriving at the top of the stretch. She angled toward the middle for a clear run at the leaders, and her closing kick proved the strongest. She reeled in MATAPAN in the final jumps to secure the win. MISS ANTIOCH ran third. The final time for the six-furlong run in the slop was 1:12.28.

THE MARY ROSE paid $9.00 to win, $5.30 to place, and $4.00 to show. She is by MACHO UNO out of WOOD ROSE by TIZNOW. This marks her 3rd win in 9 starts, pushing her earnings to $234,734. That layoff certainly helped THE MARY ROSE as she is now 2-for-2 since returning from her six-month hiatus.



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