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John Asher's Kentucky Oaks 136 Update for Friday, Feb. 26

| Brisnet Editorial | 02/26/2010 #
  • The Dale Romans-trained Sassy Image is among the favorites for Saturday's Davona Dale at Gulfstream Park.

CHAMPION SHE BE WILD, BLIND LUCK TOP 143 KENTUCKY OAKS NOMINEES – Nancy Mazzoni’s She Be Wild, winner of the Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (Grade I) and the champion 2-year-old filly of 2009, and Mark DeDomenico LLC, John Carver and Jerry Hollendorfer’s three-time Grade I winner Blind Luck head a dazzling group of 143 3-year-old fillies nominated to compete in Churchill Downs’’ 136th running of the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (GI) on Friday, April 30.

Other stars nominated to the 2010 Kentucky Oaks include Beautician and Biofuel, the second and fourth place finishes in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies; Frizette (GI) winner Devil May Care; Sassy Image, winner of Churchill Downs Golden Rod (GII) and Iroquois (GIII); Hot Dixie Chick, winner of Saratoga’s Spinaway (GI) and Schuylerville (GIII); Decelerator, winner of Churchill Downs’ Debutante (GIII) and the recent Honeybee at Oaklawn Park; Forward Gal (GII) winner Bickersons; Delta Princess (GIII) winner Quiet Temper; Silverbulletday (GIII) and Tiffany Lass winner Jody Slew; Santa Ynez (GII) winner Amen Hallelujah; Switch, who finished third in the Las Virgenes; Ailalea, winner of the Tempted (GIII); Crisp, winner of the Santa Ysabel (GIII); and Evening Jewel, the Santa Ysabel runner-up.

The Kentucky Oaks, America’s premier race for 3-year-old fillies will be televised live the Bravo Network in partnership with its parent company, NBC Universal.

FLORIDA / STRONG FIELD OF OAKS HOPEFULS IN DAVONA DALE – Eight 3-year-old fillies have been entered in Saturday’s $150,000-added Davona Dale Stakes (GII) at Gulfstream Park and many are considered as significant contenders for the Kentucky Oaks 136.

The most accomplished member of the promising cast is George and Lori Hall’s Bickersons, who romped to a seven-length victory in Gulfstream’s Forward Gal (GII) on Jan. 31. The Ontario-bred daughter of Silver Deputy defeated a field that included 2-year-old filly champion She Be Wild. Jockey Joe Bravo will ride for trainer Kelly Breen.

A major rival figures to be Jerry Romans Jr.’s Sassy Image, who swept the Golden Rod (GII) and Pocahontas (GIII) last fall at Churchill Downs. Robby Albarado will ride the daughter of Broken Vow for trainer Dale Romans.

Other contenders include impressive maiden winner Christine Daae, unbeaten Comic Marvel, and Santa Ynez winner Amen Hallelujah.

SOUTH / SURGING JODY SLEW LIKELY FOR FAIR GROUNDS OAKS – Trainer Bret Calhoun says Silverbulletday (GIII) winner Jody Slew has been nominated to Keeneland’s Ashland (GI), but will likely stay at Fair Grounds to run next in the Fair Grounds Oaks (GII) on March 27.

The filly was purchased last fall as a turf prospect, but has since scored back-to-back upset wins in the Tiffany Lass and Silverbulletday on the dirt at Fair Grounds. A run in the Ashland would involve a move to the synthetic Polytrack surface at the Lexington, Ky. track.

“I think we’d be a fool to try to do something different at this point,” Calhoun said. “I’m 99 percent sure she’ll be back here (at Fair Grounds).”