HOT SPRINGS, AR (Friday, Jan. 27, 2017) – Rags Racing Stable LLC’s Marquee Miss bids for her third Oaklawn stakes victory in Saturday’s $125,000 American Beauty for older fillies and mares at six furlongs. Probable post time for the American Beauty, the eighth of nine races, is 4:38 p.m. (Central). Racing begins at 1:05 p.m.

Marquee Miss, the 3-1 co-second choice in the program, won Oaklawn’s $100,000 Dixie Belle Stakes and $100,000 Martha Washington Stakes last year. In her 4-year-old debut, she was beaten a neck by Athena (the 2-1 American Beauty program favorite) in a Jan. 13 allowance/optional claiming sprint after lugging in near the eighth pole.

“That’s just her,” trainer Ingrid Mason said. “I think she ran a strong race, but the 10-pound advantage we have this time vs. the last race is going to help.”

Marquee Miss is scheduled to carry 117 pounds Saturday, five less than her impost in the allowance race.
Athena (122) picks up five pounds off the allowance victory.

Didiel Osorio is named on Marquee Miss, who is scheduled to break from post 6 in the projected seven-horse field.

“I like to be outside,” Mason said.

Completing the American Beauty field from the rail out: Super Saks, Ramon Vazquez to ride, 114 pounds; D R C’s Pretty Sky, Geovanni Franco, 122; A Gala Day, Kevin Roman, 114; Eurodevilwoman, Declan Cannon, 114; Wheatfield, Calvin Borel, 122; and Athena, Joe Rocco Jr., 122.

Super Saks, winner of Oaklawn’s $150,000 Carousel Stakes last April, will be making her first start since late May for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas.

“She didn’t have any problems,” Lukas said. “No surgeries or anything. She’d had enough for a while, so I gave her some time.”

Super Saks has won three career races at Oaklawn in front-running fashion, but Lukas said the inside draw isn’t ideal.

“I don’t think any trainer ever jumps up and down over the rail,” Lukas said. “But she’s awful quick, so that might be OK.”

D R C’s Pretty Sky (9-2) is seeking her third consecutive victory since being acquired privately last fall as a broodmare prospect and transferred to high-percentage trainer Robertino Diodoro.

“Eventually, she’s going to be a mama, but right now we’re going to keep racing her,” Diodoro said. “She’s got lots of heart, let’s put it that way. She’s a nice mare.”

D R C’s Pretty Sky, a 4-year-old daughter of Sky Mesa, completed her 2016 campaign with a neck victory in the $75,000 Zia Park Distaff Stakes Nov. 23 at Zia Park. She also won the $65,000 Goldfinch Stakes last April for her previous connections – three-time defending Oaklawn leading owner Danny Caldwell and trainer Federico Villafranco.

Diodoro (7 for 23 at the meeting) said he’s not concerned about the layoff for D R C’s Pretty Sky.

“She’s doing well and seems likes she’s gotten over the track well at Oaklawn, so that’s a big plus,” Diodoro said.

Wheatfield (4-1) is a multiple stakes winner for trainer Danny Pish.
 
 

 
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