lool Oaks

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Apr 042014
 

The highlight race this weekend in Kentucky is the lool Oaks (G1) where the three-year-old fillies will take center stage. The race, which is open to only the three-year-old fillies is run over eight and a half furlongs on the dirt. The running of the race this year looks like it is set to go off on a fast track with good weather in the forecast for the 3:00 pm EST post time. A full field of fourteen fillies has drawn into this years race and they all seem to be fairly evenly matched, lets take a closer look at each of the contenders.

1. Holy Bulb (AUS) - (Street Cry x Storm Cat x Sir Ivor) - manofsteel – A. Arthur – 5/1

The first filly to go into the starting gate on Saturday, the Australian-bred filly is only one of two horses in the field this weekend to have already won a Grade I race. Making eleven career starts so far, the filly has achieved career earnings of $802,150. Winning five times in her career, the bay filly has finished off the board four times in her career. The filly is out of the broodmare Two Nuns And A Dog, she is also ranked number five in her dirt router division. The most recent start for the filly came in Louisiana during the Louisiana Oaks (G2) over eight and a half furlongs. Settling into second out of the gate early on, the filly held this position for most of the race but she started to fade in the stretch and crossed the wire just in the money in fifth, off the pace of the winner by one and three-quarter lengths and setting a speed figure of one hundred three. Prior to this start the filly saw a win in Vermont during the Equinics – Sim Sponsors (G1) at a mile. The filly could be on the lead out of the gate or just off the pace, probably back no farther than fourth or so out of the gate.

2. Your In My Space – (Broken Vow x A.P. Indy x Forty Niner) - boble17 – T. Kelly – 12/1

With seven lifetime starts to date, the local Kentucky-bred filly will be making her graded stakes debut this weekend. Out of the listed stakes winning broodmare Bospace, the bay filly is a listed stakes winner herself who is set to seek out her first graded win. The most recent start for the filly came here in Kentucky during the Granny Exalted Dirt Filly Mile, a listed stakes race. Settling just off the pace of a few front runners in fourth, the filly started to make her move midway through the race but was never able to get the lead as she crossed the wire to finish in second, two lengths off the pace. She set a speed figure of ninety-nine. The most recent win for the filly was last December over the mile and one sixteenth listed stakes, the Broad Mecke Dirt  Juvenile Fillies. The filly won this race in wire to wire fashion. The filly, though capable of setting the pace, is more likely to settle back a few horses back away from the front runners, or possibly even farther back towards the middle of the field.

3. Evil Reflections - (Tiznow x Curlin x Montjeu) - fairhaven – J. Piotrowski – 8/1

Another local Kentucky-bred, the light grey filly is lightly raced with eight career starts and has already won a graded race, though she is still looking for her first Grade I win. The filly has won half of her eight starts and has never finished worse than third so far in her career. She is out of the listed stakes winning broodmare Full Of Wrath. The most recent start for the filly came overseas in the United Arab Emirates during The Dubai 1000 Guineas (G3) over a mile last February. Breaking out of the gate and settling back in sixth in the twelve horse field, she was urged forward to challenge towards the middle of the race. She would go on to win the race by two lengths, setting a speed figure of one hundred three, in what was her graded stakes debut race. The filly is a versatile runner and has run on the lead as well as come from behind in past races, so her early position on Saturday will likely be dictated on the pace.

4. Blues King (JPN) - (King Kamehameha x Dynaformer x Giant’s Causeway) - super19 – O. A. Haak – 10/1

The Japanese-bred bay filly is out of the graded placed broodmare Blues In The Nite. She herself is a listed stakes winner and will be making her graded stakes debut this weekend. Making eleven lifetime starts to date, the bay filly has won five times in her career and finished off the board only three times. The most recent start for the filly came in Vermont over a mile in the the listed Seattle Dixie Dirt Filly Mile. Early on the filly settled in third out of the gate and would make up some ground late in the stretch to cross the wire in second, setting a speed figure of  one hundred after finishing two and three-quarter lengths off the pace. November was the fillies most recent win, which also came in Vermont. This time the race came over a mile on a sloppy course, moved from the original turf track over to the dirt due to the track conditions. Despite the surface change, the filly won the Giant Lark Turf Juvenile Stakes by one and three-quarter lengths with a speed figure of eighty six. This weekend the filly will likely be placed mid-pack or just off the pace of a few front runners early on.

5. Outback Americium – (Street Cry x Storm Cat x Affirmed) – outback2 – A. Scott – 5/1

The second of three fillies in the race this weekend by Street Cry, the Kentucky-bred is lightly raced with just six lifetime starts. The filly has never finished worse than second in her career and is a listed stakes winner who will be making her graded stakes debut this weekend. The most recent start for the filly came over a mile in the Stars Of Libra Dirt Filly Challenge. Breaking out of the gate and settling just off the pace of the leader in second, the filly took the lead midway through the race and went on to win by two lengths, setting a speed figure of one hundred four. The filly also won her prior start in the mile long Fame Or Fortune Dirt Filly Mile, another listed stakes race. The filly will likely want to sit just off the pace of a few front-running horses early on, probably back in third or fourth early on.

6. Im A Sore Loser (AUS) – (Redoute’s Choicce (AUS) x Forty Niner x Storm Cat) – gunners4 -  E. Siefert – 7/1

Next into the gate, this Australian-bred filly has made nine lifetime starts, including of which six have resulted in wins. The most recent start for the filly came in the Seattle Dixie Dirt Filly Mile, a listed stakes race in Vermont. The filly won this race in wire to wire fashion by two and three-quarter lengths, setting a speed figure of one hundred four. Prior to this race the filly made her graded stakes debut in the Equinics – Editors (G3) over six furlongs, also in Vermont. The filly was placed much farther off the pace early on in this race, settling in tenth out of the gate. Midway through the race she was urged to make her move and ultimately crossed the wire in the money in fourth, off the pace of the winner by one and three-quarter lengths. Like many of the other fillies in the race this weekend, she is going to want to sit off the pace of a few other fillies out in front.

7. Cultivated – (Malibu Moon x Storm Cat x Unbridled) – mtk2013 – M. Staples – 15/1

Midway through the field, the local Kentucky-bred filly is out of the broodmare Checkered Demon. With nine lifetime starts in her career, the bay filly has won three times and is listed stakes placed, but has not won a listed or graded stakes race. The most recent start for the filly came in Louisiana during the Louisiana Oaks (G2) over a mile and one sixteenth. Towards the rear of the field early on out of the gate in ninth, the filly started to drop farther back off the pace midway through the race and eventually crossed the wire eight and three-quarter lengths off the pace, setting a speed figure of ninety-five. She was second in her first and only listed stakes race in the Goldenbridled Dirt Filly Route over a mile and three sixteenths in Ontario, Canada. Her last win was prior to this race in a mile long allowance race in Delaware. Most of her races have been run with the filly being held off the pace from a few front runners, but recently the filly has been being held farther off the pace early on.

8. Pleasure Trip (SAF) – (Trippi x Unbridled’s Song x Affirmed) - agk04 – A. Kelly – 27/1

The longest shot on the board for the lool Oaks (G1) this weekend, the three-year-old roan filly was foaled in South Africa, out of the allowance winning broodmare Song Affirmed. The filly has made nine career starts, winning four of her races. She is ranked thirteen in her dirt sprinting division and is a Grade II winner, though she has yet to even place on the board in a Grade I race despite two attempts prior to her start here in the lool Oaks (G1). The most recent start for the filly came in Florida during The Girl Up Front (G2) over seven furlongs. Breaking out of the gate and going straight to the back of the field and setting into fourth early on, she slowly started to advance midway through the race but only managed to cross the wire in tenth, five and three-quarter lengths off the pace of the winner and setting a speed figure of ninety-three. Her last win was in Delaware in her prior start during a six and a half furlong allowance race over a good turf track. Closer to the pace in this race early on, she went on to win by one and a half lengths. Her Grade II win came as a two-year-old overseas in the UAE during the Red Fish Blue Fish Stakes (G2), where she ran far off the pace early on. This weekend the filly will probably be the last out of the gate and will be trailing the rest of the field early on, waiting for the other fillies out front to start to tire before making her move to the front.

9. Redoute’s Causeway (AUS) – (Redoute’s Choice x Dubawi (IRE) x Giant’s Causeway) - hewett – J. Seldon – 12/1

The final of three Australian-bred fillies in the race and the second filly in the race sired by Redoute’s Choice, the three-year-old bay filly is out of the broodmare Jumeirah Beach. The filly has made ten lifetime starts, won four times and is graded placed in three graded attempts. She will continue to look for her first graded win this weekend in the lool Oaks (G1). The most recent start for the filly was across the country in California during the Los Vinaigrette Stakes (G1) over a mile on the dirt. Going to the lead early on out of the gate, the filly was overtaken in the stretch and finished second, a length off the pace and setting a speed figure of ninety-nine. Her last win came as a two-year-old in November during the listed GR Simsters Juvy Fillies Dirt, which she won in wire to wire fashion. She too is going to want to be forwardly placed this weekend, possibly as the pacesetter, and if not just a few positions off the pace from it.

10. Impure Thoughts (ENG) – (Dansili (GB) x Storm Cat x Fappiano) - battlers – K. Braun – 16/1

Foaled in England out of the stakes winning broodmare Storm In A Dancer, the three-year-old bay filly is too an accomplished listed stakes winner, attempting the second graded start of her career this weekend in the lool Oaks (G1). With five wins in nine career starts and only finishing off the board once in her career, the filly has brought home career earnings of $167,295. The most recent start for the filly came in Vermont during the Equinics – Young Guns (G1) at nine furlongs,  in what was the graded stakes debut for the filly. Settling just off the pace in third out of the gate, the filly started to drop back midway through the race and by the time she crossed the wire she was in tenth, ten lengths off the pace and setting a speed figure of ninety-two. Prior to this race the filly had her most recent win, which came overseas in Hong Kong during the Tarbashs Dirt Juvenile Fillies as a two-year-old in December. The filly won the race in wire to wire fashion. The filly could be another potential pacesetter for Saturday, though if she can’t get the lead she will probably be in the mad scramble of other fillies that will be wanting to sit right off that pace.

11. Stormy Lyric – (Unbridled’s Song x Storm Cat x Danzig) - gcphantom3 – D. Fendlay Jr. – 5/1

Working our way towards the latter half of the field now, the local Kentucky-bred light gray filly is out of the listed stakes winning broodmare Magpies Cat. The filly has made seven career starts, winning five times and has never finished worse than second in her carer. She is a Grade III winner, placed in Grade II and will be making her first Grade I appearance this weekend in the lool Oaks (G1). The most recent start for the filly came in the Louisiana Oaks (G2) over a mile and one sixteenth. The filly settled back towards the rear of the field in tenth early on out of the gate and was urged to move forward midway though the race. She would cross the wire in second, only a head off of the leader at the wire. She set a speed figure of one hundred five. Her prior race was her most recent victory, which came over a mile in Florida during the Davola Dane South (G3). Usually running mid-pack in her races, the filly also showed she could run well as a late closer in her most recent start, which could serve her well in the race this weekend with all the other fillies that are going to want to be up towards the front of the pack.

12. Meeting Your Maker (JPN) - (Empire Maker x Gone West x Deputy Minister) - mtkplaz2 – L. Isreal – 15/1

This Japanese-bred filly is out of the allowance winning broodmare Indiciative and has won half of her eight career starts. A listed stakes winner of $75,860 in career earnings, the filly will be making her second attempt at winning a graded stakes this weekend. The most recent start for the bay filly came in Vermont during the Equinics – Young Guns (G1) over nine furlongs. Breaking out of the gate and settling into fifth, the filly would fade back in the stretch to cross the wire in ninth, seven and three-quarter lengths off the pace and setting a speed figure of ninety-five in her graded stakes debut. The most recent win for the filly came in her prior start during a nine furlong allowance race in Kansas, where she was second out of the gate but quickly took the lead to win by three and one-quarter lengths. This was the tail end of a three consecutive race winning streak including her victory in the eight and a half furlong listed English Bark Dirt Juvenile Fillies as a two-year-old in December. Usually just off the pace of a few front runners or in the middle of the pack, the filly will probably run the latter on Saturday, or may possibly find herself pushed back farther off the pace than what she is used to.

13. Shine On Brightly – (Street Cry x Danzig x Storm Cat) - whirlwind – C. Winter – 16/1

The second of only two Grade I winners to make it into the lool Oaks (G1), this Kentucky-bred filly is out of the Grade III winning broodmare Midnite Kat. In ten lifetime starts the three-year-old bay filly has won three times and is ranked ninth in her dirt routing division. The most recent start for the filly came in British Columbia, Canada during the Voleur Du Nord Dirt Filly Route, a listed stakes race over a mile of one sixteenth. Settling into ninth out of the gate early on, the filly started gaining ground towards the middle of the race and ultimately crossed the wire in the fifth, nine and a half lengths off the pace and setting a speed figure of ninety-two. The most recent win for the filly was here in Kentucky during October of last year during her two-year-old season in The Darley (G1) over a mile and one sixteenth. Closer to the pace in this race at sixth out of the gate, the filly started picking off other contenders early on and won the race by three-quarters of a length. The bay filly was also an off the board finisher in last years’ Breeders’ Bowl Juvenile Filly (G1). The filly will probably be one of the last out of the gate in the lool Oaks (G1) this weekend, running as a closer to challenge the tiring fillies up front later on in the race.

14. Pleasant Squall – (Pleasantly Perfect x Summer Squall x Fusaichi Pegasus) - chesapeake  - S. S. Ledwith – 20/1

In the far outside post, the last of our contenders in the race this weekend, the three-year-old bay filly has made ten career starts, winning four of these starts. The Kentucky-bred filly is a Grade II winner and will be making her second Grade I start of her career this weekend. The most recent start for the filly was in Florida during The Miss Bonnie (G2) over a mile and one eighth on the dirt. The filly went right to the lead early on in the race but began to fade midway through the race and would finish last in fourteenth, fifteen and a half lengths off the pace and setting a speed figure of eighty-nine. The most recent win for the filly was last November in her two-year-old season during the Golden Red Stakes (G2) at a mile and one sixteenth. She settled just off the pace in third early on, took the lead in the middle of the race and went on to win by a quarter of a length. The fillies only Grade I start to date was across the country in California during the Movieland Starlet (G1) where she finished tenth. She could attempt to be a pacesetter early on in the race, and if not she will be another contender in the mix to try to get one of the positions just off the pace of that front runner.

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