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Thursday, May 23, 2019
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Ours to Run Leads Louisiana Legends Mademoiselle Stakes
Oaklawn stakes winner Ours to Run is the 8-5 program favorite for the $75,000 Louisiana Legends Mademoiselle Stakes Saturday at Evangeline Downs.
Owned by Kevin Atwood (Colonel Thoroughbreds LLC) and trained by Larry Jones, Ours to Run is bidding for her sixth consecutive victory – all stakes – in the 5 ½-furlong event for Louisiana-bred fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up.
Ours to Run won four consecutive races against state-breds before tackling open company in her last start, the $150,000 Carousel Stakes April 6 at Oaklawn. She was a sharp 3 ¾-length winner over heavily favored Mia Mischief, who returned to capture the $500,000 Humana Distaff Stakes (G1) May 4 at Churchill Downs.
A 5-year-old daughter of Half Ours, Ours to Run has won 11 of 19 career starts and earned $427,988. After winning 5 of 7 starts in 2018, Ours to Run was named champion older female by the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association’s board of directors and fell three votes shy, Jones said, of winning Louisiana-bred Horse of the Year. Jones said Atwood, a childhood friend, wants Ours to Run to be the LTBA’s 2019 Horse of the Year.
Ours to Run is scheduled to break from post 7 Saturday under Roberto Morales and carry top weight of 125 pounds. Probable post time for the Mademoiselle, which goes as race 2, is 6:18 p.m. (Central).
Oaklawn maiden special weights winners Adore and Blessed Again are entered in the inaugural $100,000 Lone Star Park Turf Stakes for fillies and mares at a mile Monday at Lone Star Park.
Adore broke her maiden in 2016 for Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen, who has captured 10 training titles at Oaklawn since 2007. Adore, a 6-year-old daughter of Big Brown, was a Jan. 27 allowance winner at Oaklawn.
Blessed Again, a 3-year-old daughter of Paynter, will be making her stakes debut for owner Glynn Puryear of Dumas, Ark., and trainer John Henry Prather of Hot Springs. Blessed Again ran four times at Oaklawn, breaking her maiden by three lengths April 12 and winning an entry-level allowance race by 12 ¾ lengths April 28. Both races were 1 1/16 miles.
Richard Eramia, fifth in the Oaklawn jockey standings this year, is scheduled to ride Adore. Tyler Baze, who won eight races in his Oaklawn debut this year, is named on Blessed Again.
Probable post time for the Lone Star Park Turf Stakes, which goes as race 8, is 5:09 p.m. (Central).
Shanghai Tariff, Lake Ponchatrain and Pretty Greeley, all winners at the 2019 Oaklawn meeting, are entered in the $50,000 Prairie Rose Stakes for female sprinters Thursday at Prairie Meadows. … Oaklawn-raced Summer’s Indy is the 5-2 program favorite for the $50,000 Jack Bishop Stakes Friday at Prairie Meadows. … Several Oaklawn-raced horses are entered in the $100,000 Winning Colors Stakes (G3) for female sprinters Saturday at Churchill Downs, including Astrollinthepark and Salt Bae and Honey Bunny for Johnny Ortiz, Oaklawn’s ninth-leading trainer this year. Honey Bunny entered Thursday as the country’s co-second-winningest horse in 2019, according to Equibase, racing’s official data gathering organization. Honey Bunny’s five victories include a Feb. 8 starter optional claimer at Oaklawn and a March 15 starter allowance at Oaklawn. … Oaklawn-raced Synchrony is entered in the $200,000 Monmouth Stakes (G2) Saturday at Monmouth Park. … Oaklawn-raced Nanoosh and Hoffenheim are entered in the $150,000 Salvator Mile Stakes (G3) Saturday at Monmouth Park. … Lone Sailor, runner-up in the $750,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2) April 13 at Oaklawn, is scheduled to run in the $500,000 The Gold Cup at Santa Anita Stakes (G1) Monday at Santa Anita for trainer Tom Amoss. … April 20 Oaklawn maiden special weights winner Tut’s Revenge ($6.40) captured the $50,000 Golden Circle Stakes for 3-year-old sprinters May 17 at Prairie Meadows. Oaklawn allowance winner Bano Solo finished second. … Apprentice jockey Kelsi Harr, who rode two winners this year at Oaklawn in her local debut, had her first career mount May 12 at Churchill Downs.
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