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Washington Oaks draws seven fillies

August 18, 2005     E-mail this page to a friend!

By Patrick Kerrison
Auburn, WA - The biggest race of the year for three-year-old fillies –the $100,000 Washington Breeders’ Cup Oaks – highlights a ten race card Saturday afternoon, including two stakes events on the undercard featuring two-year-olds.

Going for an unprecedented third straight conditioning victory in the event is trainer Grant Forster.

He captured the 2003 Washington Breeders’ Cup Oaks with Herman Sarkowsky’s Youcan’ttakeme and followed up in 2004 with Mike and Amy Feuerborn’s Bianconi Baby.

Saturday he looks to make it three straight, this time with A Classic Life. Should he succeed, it will also mark the second consecutive Oaks win for the Feuerborn’s.

The Sky Classic filly will be ridden out of the first post with Ricky Frazier in the irons. A Classic Life won her last out, a $19,600 allowance going 1 1/16 mile July 31. She was the Top Juvenile Filly of 2004 at Emerald Downs.

Another local threat is Kent Handicap winner Gins Majesty, breaking from the five hole with leading rider Kevin Krigger.

Conditioned by leading trainer Tim McCanna, the daughter of Go For Gin has a lifetime record of 3-1-0 from six starts lifetime with $49,800 in earnings.

The filly has proven talent in going two turns winning the 1 1/6-mile Kent Handicap and finishing second in the 1-mile Irish Day Handicap June 12 at the Auburn oval.

However, they will have to deal with Californian invader Cee’s Irish running out of the six post with Felipe Martinez in the irons. Trained by Doug O’Niell, the Cee’s Tizzy filly has built a 4-5-1 record from 13 starts lifetime and has earned $416,860.

Cee’s Irish ran second in the Iowa Oaks, Gr 3, at Prairie Meadows to Whimsy and she finished third in the Hollywood Breeders Cup Oaks, Gr. 2 to Brooke’s Halo and Memorette.

Trainer Jim Penney has entered two fillies for the Oaks. Gentle Flow, a recent winner in a 6 ½-furlong $40,000 optional claiming will run out of the second post with Ben Russell in the irons. The filly had been running at Lone Star earlier this year winning two races including a 5-furlong $27,500 allowance.

Penney’s second filly is America’s Girl, running out of the third post with Gallyn Mitchell aboard. The Washington-bred daughter of American Chance won a 1-mile $30,000 claiming race Aug. 5 at Emerald Downs.

Rounding out the field is Jose Navarro-conditioned M K Beck with Javier Ortega riding out of the four hole and Roanaway Bride, trained by Doris Harwood, ridden by Chris Symons from the seven hole.

All fillies will carry a 119-pound impost.

The following is the fillies by post with jockeys and trainers.

Horse Jockey Trainer
1 A Classic Life Ricky Frazier Grant Forster

2 Gentle Flow Ben Russell Jim Penney

3 America’s Girl Gallyn Mitchell Jim Penney

4 M K Beck Javier Ortega Jose Navarro

5 Gins Majesty Kevin Krigger Tim McCanna

6 Cee’s Irish Felipe Martinez Doug O’Neill

7 Roanaway Bride Chris Symons Doris Harwood