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Turf Paradise Derby, Oaks featured Saturday

February 17, 2017     E-mail this page to a friend!

Story by Turf Paradise

Three-year-olds, looking to polish their resumes, will be featured in the $50,000 Turf Paradise Derby and $30,000 Arizona Oaks on Saturday, February 18, at Turf Paradise.

The Derby, which will be run at 1-1/16 mile, attracted a field of nine and will be run as the seventh race on the eight-race card. The Oaks, which also drew the same size field, will be run at one mile and will go as the fifth race. Post time is at 12:55 p.m. local (Mountain) time.

The Derby

A one-horse race the Derby is not. But itís Santa Anita shipper Mr Larsonís race to lose. Mr. Larson is the only two-time winner among the entrants.

The Doug OíNeill-trained Mr. Larson has been facing tougher company in the southern California circuit. OíNeill, who won this race in 2013 with Persuasive Paul, has the son of Tiznow, a $110,000 Fasig Tipton yearling purchase, well spotted to enhance his credentials.

Trainer Dan McFarlane, a two time Derby winner, last year and 2013, has four entered. Of the four, Factored In and He'sí Munnie appear to have the best chance.

The Oaks

The Oaks is a more wide-open affair, although Galactic Princess, winner of three of four efforts, will certainly invite attention after her impressive victory in the Arizona Juvenile Stakes. She won that effort in a very mature fashion, considering she was then just a 2-year-old

Peach Pike was noteworthy in winning her maiden debut by nearly five lengths Jan. 17. And McKenzie Honey, winner of three of seven efforts including two stakes, returns after a two-month refresher.