PAIR OF STREAKING WINNERS TOP EARLY POSSIBILITIES FOR GRADE 3 REMINGTON PARK OAKS
Among the 23 fillies nominated to the 31st running of the Grade 3 $100,000 Remington Park Oaks at 1-1/16th miles on Sunday, Sept. 27 are a couple of fillies that have shown they can win in streaks.
Jeweled Princess, owned by Walking L Thoroughbreds and trained by Ken McPeek, would ride into the Oaks with a three-race win streak. Meanwhile, Tonalist’s Shape, a daughter of Tonalist, out of the Harlan’s Holiday mare Hitechnoweenie, began her racing career with five wins in a row for owner Slam Dunk Racing, Doug Branham and Legacy Ranch, and trained by Saffie Joseph, Jr.
Here’s a look at those most possible for the 2020 Remington Park Oaks, the top undercard event of Oklahoma Derby Day on the final Sunday of September:
This filly has won her last three races at three different tracks with rider Brian Hernandez Jr. following her everywhere she went. Her first win in the streak came at Keeneland on a sloppy track, going 1-1/16th miles against maiden, $50,000 claimers, winning by 1-1/2 lengths on July 9. She followed that with a one-length victory at Ellis Park in the mud against allowance-optional $25,000 claimers on July 31, and then took a little time off before winning on Sept. 4 at Churchill Downs against conditional allowance-optional claiming $62,500 horses. She has not won or raced in stakes- company yet.
This filly would likely be one of the favorites in the Remington Park Oaks with six wins in nine career starts, including her first five attempts. She is a bit of an oddity when it comes to jockeys that have brought her to the winner’s circle. One might think grabbing a consistent winner like this filly would be paramount to riders, but apparently not with her. In her six career wins, she has been ridden by five different jockeys. Only Irad Ortiz Jr. has won more than once on her. The others that have been aboard for victories are Carlos Montalvo, Edgard Zayas, Samy Camacho, and Tyler Gaffalione. She started her career with a maiden win in her first start, Montalvo up; second win with Zayas against allowance-optional claiming $75,000 at Gulfstream West in Miami; third win with Camacho was her first stakes try, taking the $75,000 Hut Stakes; fourth win with Ortiz riding was the Grade 3, $150,000 Forward Gal Stakes, and fifth win with Gaffalione was the Grade 2, $200,000 Davona Dale Stakes. All her stakes wins have come at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Fla. She was the first stakes winner for 2014 Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist.
Curls and Bows
Owned by Lucky Seven Stable and trained by Ken McPeek. This daughter by two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, out of the Peteski mare Trickski, would enter the RP Oaks with a two-race win streak, having taken a maiden claiming $50,000 race at Keeneland on July 12 with Brian Hernandez Jr. in the saddle. Jockey Corey Lanerie won with her in her last out, scoring against first-level allowance horses at Ellis Park on Aug. 21. The oaks would be her first stakes try.
Owned by Walking L Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farms, trained by Ken McPeek. This filly by Uncle Mo, out of the Bluegrass Cat mare Enchante, has won two-of-seven starts lifetime, against maidens at 1-1/16 miles at Gulfstream Park, romping by an open six lengths in wire-to-wire fashion. She then beat first-level allowance fillies easily at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., coming home by 2-1/4 lengths, also at the Remington Park Oaks distance of 1-1/16 miles. Her connections thought enough of her following that race to try her against two of the top fillies in training, Swiss Skydiver and Speech in the Grade 1, $400,000 Stakes at Keeneland in July, and the Grade 1, $500,000 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga in upstate New York. She finished third and fourth, respectively, in those Grade 1 races. Dylan Davis rode her in her maiden win, then Jose Ortiz for the allowance victory.
Owned by Lloyd Madison Farms IV, trained by Greg Foley. She is by Include, out of the Tiznow mare Sconnie, and has been first or second in five-of-eight starts. Her biggest win came in the Grade 2, $300,000 Eight Belles Stakes, going seven furlongs at Churchill Downs with James Graham up. That was her last race on Sept. 4. She also ran second in the Grade 3, $100,000 Beaumont Stakes at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky., at seven furlongs, and the $100,000 Audubon Stakes at Ellis Park in Henderson, Ky.
The 3-year-old fillies already on the grounds at Remington Park who are nominated to the oaks include: Seattle Slang, a winner of two career races, trained by Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen. She has been working in Oklahoma City since late August; and Seeing Double, fifth on Sept. 11 in the filly division of the Oklahoma Stallion Stakes
Remington Park racing continues Wednesday thru Saturday, Sept. 16-19 with the first race nightly at 7:07pm-Central.
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