STREAMLINE LOOKS TO DEFEND PIPPIN TITLE
HOT SPRINGS, AR (Friday, Jan. 13, 2017) – Defending champion Streamline is the 8-5 program favorite for the $125,000 Pippin Stakes for older fillies and mares Saturday at Oaklawn. Probable post time for the 1 1/16-mile Pippin, which headlines a nine-race card, is 4:38 p.m. (Central).
Trained by Brian Williamson, Streamline is seeking her first victory since the 2016 Pippin, when she edged Theogony by a neck at odds of 15-1. She is winless in five starts since the Pippin, but the 5-year-old Illinois-bred daughter of Straight Line has competed well in graded stakes company.
Following the Pippin, Streamline finished second in the $100,000 Bayakoa (G3), third in the $350,000 Azeri (G2) and second in the $600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) at Oaklawn and closed her campaign with a runner-up finish in the $200,000 Falls City Handicap (G2) Nov. 24 at Churchill Downs.
Streamline drew the rail for her 2017 debut and will carry co-top weight of 122 pounds, including jockey Chris Landeros.
“She’s got a little tactical speed, so it shouldn’t bother us,” Williamson said of the rail draw. “Just waiting to see if it rains. That’s about the only question now.”
Williamson said he isn’t overly concerned with the possibility of an off track because Streamline has won on turf and a synthetic surface.
“She seems to run on anything,” Williamson said. “I think she can run on an off track.”
Streamline, bred and co-owned by Williamson’s mother-in-law, Nancy Vanier, was the only horse to compete in all four of Oaklawn’s two-turn stakes races for older fillies and mares last year.
Completing the projected six-horse field are Terra Promessa, Miss Mo Kelly, Ruby Sioux, Ready to Confess and She Mabee Wild.
Terra Promessa, the top 3-year-old filly last year at Oaklawn, is the 5-2 second choice in the program for Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen. She won the $200,000 Honeybee Stakes (G3) and $400,000 Fantasy Stakes (G3) in 2016 at Hot Springs. Terra Promessa exits a seventh-place finish in the $100,000 She’s All In Handicap Dec. 11 at Remington Park.
Late-running She’s All In winner Miss Mo Kelly is 9-2 in the program for trainer Paul Holthus of Hot Springs.
Holthus was originally targeting an allowance race for Miss Mo Kelly’s 5-year-old debut, but decided to take a shot in the Pippin because of an expected short field.
“There’s not a lot of pace in there, that’s the bad thing,” Holthus said. “Hopefully, (She Mabee Wild) and Terra Promessa go out there a little faster than either one of them want to.”
Indiana-bred standout She Mabee Wild finished a strong fourth in the Falls City Handicap in her last start for trainer Mark Danner, who is seeking his first Oaklawn stakes victory.
Trainer Donnie K. Von Hemel is scheduled to send out Ready to Confess (7-2) and Ruby Sioux, third and sixth, respectively, in the $200,000 Zia Park Oaks Nov. 23 at Zia Park. Ready to Confess, who has never faced older horses, was an opening-day allowance/optional claiming winner last year at Oaklawn before finishing third in the Fantasy.
“Ready to Confess, she has to run in there, or she’s not going to get to run,” Von Hemel said, referring to her conditions. “The other filly, it was a short field and a chance, if she got lucky and got some black type, it would really please Mrs. Bruce.
Ruby Sioux, a second-level allowance winner Oct. 29 at Remington Park, is owned by Jeanne Bruce.