Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Oaklawn-raced Tiger Moth Scores First Stakes Victory
Oaklawn-raced Tiger Moth scored her first career stakes victory in the $100,000 Mari Hulman George for fillies and mares Saturday night at Indiana Grand. Tiger Moth raced three times this year in Hot Springs, winning a Jan. 22 allowance/optional claimer before finishing third in the $350,000 Azeri Stakes (G2) March 18 and fourth in the $600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) April 14.
Tiger Moth ($17.20) won the Mari Hulman George by 2 ½ lengths under Florent Geroux after trailing by some 10 lengths early in the 1 1/16-mile race. Even-money favorite Big World, a March 30 allowance/optional claiming winner at Oaklawn, finished third.
Following her Oaklawn victory, Big World won the $300,000 La Troienne Stakes (G1) May 5 at Churchill Downs in her next start.
Tiger Moth, who ran 1 1/16 miles over a fast track in 1:43.32, won for the fourth time in 16 starts to increase her career earnings to $289,927. A 5-year-old daughter of Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense, Tiger Moth is trained by Brad Cox, who won 26 races this year at Oaklawn to finish third in the standings.
Tiger Moth became the third 2017 Apple Blossom starter to return and win a stakes races, following Eclipse Award winner Stellar Wind and Terra Promessa.
Terra Promessa, a four-time Oaklawn stakes winner, captured the $150,000 Allaire DuPont Distaff (G3) May 19 at Pimlico. Stellar Wind won the $400,000 Beholder Mile (G1) June 3 at Santa Anita.
Talk Derby to Me
Oaklawn-raced Colonelsdarktemper and Untrapped ran second and third, respectively, in the $500,000 Indiana Derby (G3) Saturday night at Indiana Grand.
Colonelsdarktemper made his first three career starts this year at Oaklawn, winning his Feb. 18 debut for trainer Jinks Fires of Hot Springs before finishing third in a March 18 allowance/optional claimer and fourth in the $150,000 Northern Spur Stakes April 15.
Untrapped ran in Oaklawn’s final two major Triple Crown preps, finishing third in the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) March 18 and sixth in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 15.
Blue Grass and Ohio Derby winner Irap finished five lengths ahead of Colonelsdarktemper in the 1 1 1/16-mile Indiana Derby.
Multiple Oaklawn stakes winner Marquee Miss captured an open allowance turf sprint Saturday at Ellis Park for owner Joe Ragsdale and trainer Ingrid Mason. Marquee Miss won the $100,000 Dixie Belle Stakes and $100,000 Martha Washington Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at the 2016 Oaklawn meeting. Marquee Miss represented the third victory on Saturday’s card for Didiel Osorio, who rode five winners this year at Oaklawn before fracturing two vertebrae in a March 2 spill. … Robertino Diodoro, Oaklawn’s second-leading trainer this year, tied for ninth at the Belmont Park spring/summer meeting that concluded Sunday. Diodoro compiled a 12-3-4 record from 45 starts and earned $424,404 in purse money, according to Equibase, racing’s official data gathering organization. Diodoro’s robust 27-percent strike rate mirrored her performance this year at Oaklawn, when he won 25 percent of his starts (31 of 123). Hall of Famer Bill Mott, Oaklawn’s leading trainer in 1986, tied for 13th at Belmont Park with 10 victories from 92 starts. Brad Cox, third in Oaklawn’s trainer standings this year, finished 6 of 20 (30 percent) at Belmont Park, with 70 percent of his starters finishing in the top three. Cox won 28 percent of his starts this year at Oaklawn (26 of 94). … Ron Moquett of Hot Springs, Oaklawn’s co-sixth-leading trainer this year, has set a career yearly high for purse earnings, according to Equibase. Moquett’s horses have earned $2,277,571 this year, surpassing the $2,276,098 in 2015. Moquett, who reached the milestone last week at Ellis Park, won 20 races this year at Oaklawn. He saddled his first winner in 1998. … Alex Canchari, who finished tied for third in Oaklawn’s jockey standings, had a triple Thursday at Canterbury Park. Canchari and Geovanni Franco both rode 45 winners this year at Oaklawn. … Rockin Rudy, unplaced in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 15 at Oaklawn, is entered in the $100,000 Oceanside Stakes Wednesday at Del Mar. Probable post time for the 1-mile Oceanside, which highlights Del Mar’s opening-day summer meet card, is 7:40 p.m. (Central).