Stay up to speed on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks with a weekly roundup of all the latest news and developments:
Changes on the Leaderboard
Three fillies scored dominant victories on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks last weekend. Taraz crushed the Martha Washington S., Tonalist’s Shape romped home in the Forward Gal (G3), and Harvey’s Lil Goil overcame a tough trip to claim the Busanda S. All three earned 10 qualification points for their triumphs and currently sit 7th, 8th, and 10th on the leaderboard.
On the Work Tab
British Idiom: The champion 2-year-old filly turned in another 5-furlong workout on Sunday at Fair Grounds, going the distance in 1:01.80.
Comical: Already a veteran of five graded stakes races, Comical clocked 4 furlongs in :53.20 on Monday at Fair Grounds.
Donna Veloce: The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) runner-up turned in her first breeze of the year on Saturday, going 3 furlongs in :37.20 at Los Alamitos.
Finite: Three-time stakes winner cruised 5 furlongs in an easy 1:02.00 on Sunday at Fair Grounds.
Frank’s Rockette: Unraced since a runner-up effort in the Frizette (G1), Frank’s Rockette cruised through a modest half-mile in :50.60 on Monday at Payson Park.
Lake Avenue: The Demoiselle (G2) winner turned in her first workout of the year on Jan. 27, going 3 furlongs in :37.40 at Payson Park. She followed up by going the same distance in :37 on Monday.
Wicked Whisper: The Frizette (G1) winner stepped up to 5 furlongs on Saturday, going the distance in 1:02.80 at Fair Grounds.
Two more Road to the Kentucky Oaks prep races are scheduled to be run this Saturday. The 1-mile and 40-yard Suncoast S. at Tampa Bay Downs and the 1-mile Las Virgenes (G2) at Santa Anita will both offer qualification points to the top four finishers on a 10-4-2-1 basis.
The Suncoast and the Las Virgenes will bring the 15-race Kentucky Oaks Prep Season to a close. The stakes will rise two weeks from now with the Feb. 15 Rachel Alexandra (G2) at Fair Grounds, the first leg of the 15-race Kentucky Oaks Championship Series. The Rachel Alexandra will offer qualification points on a 50-20-10-5 basis, virtually guaranteeing the winner a spot in the Kentucky Oaks starting gate.