Saturday, June 25, 2011

Steppin' Up and Stretchin' Out

Will she or won’t she? The Iowa Oaks will be run tonight at Prairie Meadows as part of their 2011 Iowa Festival of Racing. The Grade 3 drew a short field of six 3 year old fillies and they will be going 1 & 1/16 over conventional dirt.

Already an “Oaks” winner at Fair Grounds, Daisy Devine looks to be the class of the field, though she threw in a bit of a clunker on Kentucky Oaks Day, when stepping up into a Grade 1. She’s been freshened and is working well.

Hearts on Fire is a consistent sort, never off the board in five starts, and has a race over the track.

Little Miss Holly showed a little more finish, with blinkers added, last out.

But take a look at Versailles Song. The lightly raced filly took some time to begin her campaign, but has won 2 out of 3. By Unbridled’s Song, out of the multiple Grade 1 winning mare Versailles Treaty, (Danzig) she has the pedigree to be any kind.

She will be stretching out for the first time and taking that big jump up in class. Both her winning starts have come from the one hole, once on dirt and once on poly -she seems have some tactical speed and would it surprise anyone if she can get the distance?

Is she good enough to beat these? Don’t know, but the possibility is there. And an off track could move her up. I guess we’ll know tonight about 10:15 when they are coming to the 8th pole.

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