Oaklawn News

Probable post time for the 6-furlong American Beauty, the eighth of nine races, is 4:38 p.m. (Central). Gates open Saturday at 11 a.m., with first post 1:05 p.m.

Trained by Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen, Chanteline, a two-time allowance winner at Oaklawn and runner-up in last year’s $150,000 Carousel Stakes, exits a three-quarter length victory in the grassy $50,000 Richard Scherer Memorial Stakes Dec. 2 at Fair Grounds.

The projected nine-horse American Beauty field from the rail out: Summer House, Edwin Maldonado to ride, 117 pounds, 7-2 on the morning line; Chanteline, Ricardo Santana Jr., 117, 5-2; Thoughtless, Alex Canchari, 114, 9-2; Okie Diva, Luis Quinonez, 117, 10-1; Barbary Hall, Channing Hill, 122, 6-1; Scotty’s Model, Luis Contreras, 122, 4-1; Factory of Faith, Ramon Vazquez, 114, 15-1; Sweet Halory, Fernando De La Cruz, 114, 20-1; and Swing and Sway, David Cabrera, 114, 15-1.

Summer House, claimed for $80,000 out of an Aug. 10 victory at Saratoga, won the $50,000 El Dorado Stakes Jan. 12 at Delta Downs.

“Back quick, drew the rail – everything’s ugly,” trainer Robertino Diodoro said with a laugh. “But she’s doing good. She’s a nice mare. But she’s definitely going to have to overcome a bad post, that’s for sure.”

Scotty’s Model is scheduled to make her dirt debut for Norman McKnight, leading trainer at the 2017 Woodbine meeting. In her last start, Scotty’s Model finished second in the $175,000 Bessarabian Stakes (G2) Nov. 26 at Woodbine. She will be cutting back from 7 furlongs for the American Beauty.

“She’s very versatile,” McKnight said. “She’s strong between 6 and 7 furlongs.”

The consistent Okie Diva – first or second in nine of 10 career starts – will be making her first start outside Remington Park for trainer Donnie K. Von Hemel. She closed her 3-year-old campaign with a victory in the $50,000 Useeit Stakes Dec. 17 at Remington Park. She will be cutting back from a mile Saturday.

“She’s better sprinting,” Von Hemel said.

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