May 7, 2021

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‘Rising Star’ Malathaat Favored For Oaks 147

TDN Rising Star‘ Malathaat (Curlin), undefeated in four occupation starts and winner of her seasonal debut in the GI Central Bank Ashland S. at Keeneland Apr. 3, was built the 5-2 favourite from gate 10 on Mike Battaglia’s early morning line for Friday’s 147th managing of the GI Longines Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs.

A person of three in the race for her exceptional sire, Malathaat–a daughter of 2013 Oaks fourth Dreaming of Julia (A.P. Indy)–defeated Millefeuille (Curlin, gate 14) in the GII Demoiselle S. final December and was really game in the Ashland, in which she outfinished Pass the Champagne (Flatter, gate 5) by a head, with GIII Honeybee S. winner Will’s Top secret (Will Choose Cost, gate 11) a distant 3rd. The $1.05-million Keeneland September grad has the companies of John Velazquez, who received the 2004 Oaks aboard the Todd Pletcher-experienced Ashado (Saint Ballado). Pletcher is a a few-time winner of the race.

The previous two horses pulled by Churchill racing secretary Ben Huffman were being a pair of fillies that obtained to know a person yet another very well more than the winter season. TDN Growing Star‘ Vacation Column (Frosted) was allotted article situation six for coach Brad Cox, who despatched out Shedaresthedevil (Daredevil) to upset the COVID-delayed Oaks of 2020 very last September. Vacation Column defeated Clairiere (Curlin) by a size in final year’s GII Golden Rod S. beneath the Twin Spires, but the Stonestreet runner exacted her revenge with a neck accomplishment in excess of Journey Column in the GII Rachel Alexandra S. in February, but the latter reversed form comprehensively when past found in the GII Good Grounds Oaks. Florent Geroux, who was in the irons past yr and for Monomoy Lady (Tapizar)’s tally in 2018, goes for a third earn in four decades on Journey Column, though Clairiere will depart from gate three for two-time Oaks-winning conditioner Steve Asmussen.

Chad Brown has nevertheless to win an Oaks, but will have each individual possibility to proper that erroneous with Klaravich Stables’ Look for Benefits (Flatter). The 3-1 morning-line 2nd select, also undefeated in three operates like a 2 3/4-duration defeat of Maracuja (Honor Code) in the GIII Gazelle S. Apr. 3, will have to work out a journey from the 12 gap for Irad Ortiz, Jr.

Friday, Churchill Downs, post time: 5:51 p.m. ET

LONGINES KENTUCKY OAKS-GI, $1,250,000, 3yo, f, 1 1/8m

1 Pauline’s Pearl (Tapit), Santana, Jr., Asmussen, 20-1

2 Maracuja (Honor Code), Carmouche, Atras, 20-1

3 Clairiere (Curlin), Gaffalione, Asmussen, 5-1

4 Ridiculous Lovely (Liam’s Map), Ortiz, McPeek, 15-1

5 Pass the Champagne (Flatter), Castellano, Weaver, 15-1

6 Journey Column (Frosted), Geroux, Cox, 3-1

7 Ava’s Grace (Laoban), Cohen, Diodoro, 50-1

8 Moraz (Empire Maker), Prat, McCarthy, 30-1

9 Mentor (Commissioner), Saez, Cox, 50-1

10 Malathaat (Curlin), Velazquez, Pletcher, 5-2

11 Will’s Key (Will Consider Demand), Court, Stewart, 30-1

12 Search Effects (Flatter), Irad Ortiz, Jr., Brown, 3-1

13 Aggressive Pace (Competitive Edge), Landeros, Gonzalez, 50-1

14 Millefeuille (Curlin), Rosario, Mott, 20-1