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Derby, Oaks on tap Saturday

February 20, 2015     E-mail this page to a friend!

Three-year-olds looking to enhance their reputations will be featured in the $75,000 Turf Paradise Derby and $35,000 Arizona Oaks on Saturday.

The Derby, which drew a field of nine, will be run at 1-1/16 miles and will go as the sixth of eight races.

The Oaks, which will go as the fifth race and be contested at one mile for 3-year-old fillies, attracted a field of ten. Both races will be run on the main track.

The Derby

Seven locally based sophomores will be joined by California and New Mexico entrants.

Among the locals the Molly Pearson-trained duo of Ride Hard Kowboy, winner of two of four efforts including the Chuck N Luck stakes and three-time winner Highway Boss appear with the best chances of contending with a field totally devoid of a clear front runner.

The west coast invader Why Two, recent maiden winner trained by Michael Machowsky, is posed to stretch out to two turns and perhaps gather in his first stakes win.

The Justin Evans-conditioned Dirt Monster has won two of six while never being out of a top three finish.

The sleeper in the field may be Grand Full Moon, winner of three of eight starts including Canterbury’s Juvenile Stakes. The son of Malibu Moon has been favored in six of his eight efforts and has been showing up competitively but failing to get the brass ring.

The Oaks

All eyes will be on Mercedes Stables’ Freakin Amazing. The daughter of Zensational has only made four starts, while breaking her maiden at Santa Anita. She then won the Az Juvenile Fillies stakes locally but was disqualified from victory due to a drug positive, resulting in a 15 days suspension for her trainer Robertino Diodoro. She then finished fourth as the favorite in the El Paso Times Handicap at Sunland Park

Freakin Amazing will be saddled by Diodoro’s assistant Ken Knudsen.

Of the two entered by trainer FC Frazier, SUM Racer and Hip Ninety Three, the latter, who won the Angi Go Stakes at one mile in her last start, seems to be a filly on the rise.

Trainer Machowsky will send forth Bullwinkle Babe, a winless in seven starts maiden in southern California.