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Full Field of Twelve Set for $100,000 Bourbonette Oaks
On Saturday at Turfway Park, the graded stakes action will kick off with the $100,000 Bourbonette Oaks. Restricted to three-year-old fillies, the Grade 3 event will be contested at one mile on the synthetic main track and has drawn a full field of twelve with two others entered as also-eligible.
Marquee Miss has been installed as the morning line favorite at odds of 3-1 in the wide open field for trainer Ingrid Mason. A bay daughter of Cowboy Cal, she was purchased for $20,000 as a juvenile and has won three of her seven starts, all of which came against stakes company. She will be trying to rebound after being distanced and eased in her last start, the Honeybee Stakes (G3) at Oaklawn Park. Channing Hill will be in the irons and they will break from post position three.
Dorodansa trying for first stakes win
Second choice at morning line odds of 5-1 is Dorodansa, one of two fillies in the race for trainer Ken McPeek. A chestnut daughter of Bellamy Road, she has been on the board in four of her six starts and will be trying to earn her second career victory. Last time out, she was fourth in the Honeybee Stakes (G3) and is trying for her first black type win. Corey Nakatani will be aboard and they will break from post position five.
Stakes debut for Miss Meteor
Also in the field at morning line odds of 8-1 is Miss Meteor for trainer Todd Pletcher. A chestnut daughter of Trappe Shot, she was purchased for $250,000 as a yearling and is stepping up to stakes competition for the first time. After two fourth-place finishes against maiden company, she broke through and earned her first win last time out at Gulfstream Park. Manuel Franco will be aboard and they will break from post nine.
For all the negative buzz about Nyquist's average speed figures and vulnerability, the newly crowned and much-deserving 2016 Kentucky Derby winner might just have the most impeccable credentials of any Derby winner in the illustrious history of the race - and certainly in the modern era.
On Friday at Churchill Downs, the field has been set for the 142nd running of the $1 million Kentucky Oaks. The Grade 1 event, carded at a mile and an eighth, has drawn a full field of fourteen three-year-old fillies with one listed as an also-eligible.
With the final round of Kentucky Derby preps in the books, it seems improbable, but arguable that the March 12 Tampa Derby was the most useful and review-worthy of the 24 official point-bearing races in 2016.