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