Oaklawn News

GO GOOGLE YOURSELF/ Coady Photography

Google “Go Google Yourself” now and you’ll read about a stakes winner.

Go Google Yourself, an allowance winner earlier this year at Oaklawn, recorded her first career stakes victory in the $125,000 Groupie Doll for fillies and mares Sunday at Ellis Park.

Owned Jay Em Ess Stable (Samantha Siegel) and trained by Paul McGee, Go Google Yourself finished three lengths ahead of Oaklawn-raced Divine Queen in the 1-mile event – the biggest of the Ellis Park meeting – under Brian Hernandez Jr. Oaklawn-raced Moonlit Garden, the odds-on favorite, finished 6 ½ lengths farther back in third.

Go Google Yourself began her 2019 campaign with a 1 ¼-length victory March 8 at Oaklawn. Odds-on favorite Wonder Gadot, who would be named the 2018 Canadian Horse of the Year roughly a month later, finished second in the race in her seasonal debut.

Go Google Yourself then finished second in the $100,000 Doubledogdare Stakes (G3) April 19 at Keeneland and fourth in the $250,000 Fleur de Lis Handicap (G2) June 15 at Churchill Downs. Oaklawn-raced Elate, Blue Prize and She’s a Julie finished 1-2-3, respectively, in the Fleur de Lis Handicap.

Go Google Yourself ($6.80) raised her career earnings to $342,985 with her fifth victory from 16 lifetime starts. She ran the mile in 1:36.43 over a fast track. The 4-year-old daughter of super sire Into Mischief was bred by Siegel.

Back to Work

Arkansas Derby and second-division Rebel winner Omaha Beach moved a step closer to his comeback race by working 6 furlongs in 1:13.60 Monday morning at Del Mar for Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella.

It was the fourth recorded breeze for Omaha Beach since missing the May 4 Kentucky Derby following minor throat surgery. Omaha Beach was the Kentucky Derby morning-line favorite after winning three consecutive starts this year, including Oaklawn’s second division of the $750,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) March 16 and the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 13.

Omaha Beach is targeting the $100,000 Shared Belief Stakes Aug. 25 for a comeback spot.

Champion Game Winner, who suffered his first career loss in the second division of the Rebel, worked 6 furlongs in 1:12 Tuesday morning at Del Mar in preparation for the $1.25 million Travers Stakes (G1) Aug. 24 at Saratoga. Omaha Beach beat Game Winner by a nose in the Rebel, the final major local prep for the Arkansas Derby. Game Winner won an Eclipse Award as the country’s champion 2-year-old male of 2018.

Finish Lines

Oaklawn-raced Bronze Age is entered in the $30,000 Bob Summers Memorial Cup Stakes Tuesday at Fort Erie. … Trainer Mac Robertson, an Oaklawn regular, saddled five consecutive winners Saturday at Canterbury Park, including four in Minnesota-bred stakes events. Odds-on favorite Hot Shot Kid ($3) won the $50,000 Blair’s Cove Stakes. Hot Shot Kid broke his maiden on the final day of the 2017 Oaklawn meeting. Four of Robertson’s winners were ridden by Orlando Mojica, Oaklawn’s fourth-leading rider this year. … Night Ops, runner-up in the inaugural $300,000 Oaklawn Invitational for 3-year-olds May 4 at Oaklawn, finished third in the $100,000 Ellis Park Derby Sunday at Ellis Park. … Walter De La Cruz, who finished ninth in Oaklawn’s jockey standings this year, entered Tuesday with 992 career North American victories, according to Equibase, racing’s official data gathering organization. De La Cruz won 17 races this year in Hot Springs, highlighted by his biggest career victory to date aboard Rated R Superstar in the $350,000 Essex Handicap for older horses March 16. De La Cruz is now based at Prairie Meadows.