Season 32 Red Rose Oaks Preview (3rd Leg of the Triple Crown)

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Purse 127000 Starting Purse 25000, 3yo Fillies Wt 118lbs, entry fee 15000. 25000 bonus paid to winner

A field of 8 talented fillies head postward for the Red Rose Oaks offering trainers this season added purse money (25Kc) with a 25Kc bonus to the winner. The Leg 1 2nd place finisher and the horses who completed the exacta in Leg 2 will return. The 12F distance has humbled many stellar horses before so it could be anyone’s race this season. This space attempts to sort out this “motley crew” type field before you head for the windows.   Let’s meet some of the contenders.

#8 TARYNSFLYINGHOME

Leg 2 victress exits a Champ Route Qualifier having finished a dull last of 4. Despite the short field, she didn’t look particularly comfortable that day, uncharacteristically trailing throughout the 10F trip and never firing down the lane. Let’s put a line through that race and focus on her body of work this year. She’s been facing top class competition all season long and has been right there in most every race. Her strong win 3 back in Leg 2 was run into the teeth of a strong pace and gamely holding safe against a pretty nice filly who most benefited from the trip. She breaks from the far outside tonight, but has enough tactical pace and plenty time to secure better positioning before the first big sweeping turn. She get’s my nod based on her class and ability to stay the distance over others. Castellano who rode this filly to victory in Leg 2 will get the mount after having been off in her last two. Major player.

#6 HIGH MONSTER

The “bridesmaid” to my top choice in Leg 2 returns tonight having avenged her slender defeat by kicking clear in the aforementioned Champ Route Qualifier. Smartly rated by leading rider Velazquez early on, she stalked a noticeably slow pace and kicked it into high gear going for home. Interestingly, her connections have opted for Ortiz in this spot. Perhaps a preference in riding style for this marathon distance. Despite her strong last out win and her gaudy speed figures at 10F she’s yet to be past 10 panels in her career. Her sire and dam were both sprinters, and it still amazes me she’s had as much success as she’s had at these longer distances. I would prefer her to go forward tonight and be a part of the early pace, if not be on it for her best chance at victory. The biggest danger for my top pick.

#3 VALKYRIE VIBE (ORB)

Appears to be the best of the Polaris Bloodstock “Fab 4” and certainty the most experienced at these marathon distances. She was a bargain claim for 12K 4 back, and has been worth the price of admission if you get a chance to see her race. She’s already won 11 times in 19 outs and has only missed the board twice in her career. Having run out of conditions and now “packing” the saddle after 2 easy starter allowance wins she’ll get the big class hike tonight. She’ll be piloted by Napravnik here, having lost the services of the leading jocks to other mounts. Must improve for a bigger slice, but is a safe play underneath in your exotics.

Dark horse pick:

#7 SUMTHIN’ SPECIAL

I would of loved to see her wheel back two weeks later in Leg 2 after the impressive runner up effort in the Bouquet Stakes going the much shorter mile distance. But she had other plans and reappears a month later here, looking for her signature score. She broke her maiden at the 12F distance and won an 11F event against DRQ foes so we know she can “stay” and has a bit of class to her. What I don’t know is if she can repeat that last effort off a 4 week lay. Her prior form would lean no, but you get the sense she’s not tapped her true ability with the sporadic work load mirroring my trips to the dentist. lol. Needs to show she can do it again. My dark horse.

Picks: 8, 6, 3