SHE BE WILD (Offlee Wild), last year's juvenile filly champion, will be the second Eclipse Award from 2009 to compete at Tampa this meet when she meets nine others in the $175,000 Florida Oaks (G3) at 1 1/16 miles. The maiden claiming graduate, whose success in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) and Arlington-Washington Lassie (G3) was enough to garner divisional honors, is seeking her first win on dirt following a wide-trip fifth in the Forward Gal S. (G2) at Gulfstream on January 31.
Those looking to bet against the Wayne Catalano trainee have plenty of choices. DIVA DELITE (Repent), the iron lady of the field with 14 starts already on her record, enters off back-to-back wins in the Suncoast S. and Gasparilla S., the two main local preps for the Florida Oaks. She's a seven-time winner including her last four in succession. IMAGINARY SAINT (Saint Liam), third to Diva Delite in the Suncoast, has some upside and will be representing the potent Pletcher/Dominguez duo.
CUFF ME (Officer) won her first three races in New York, including an overnight stakes, before facing defeat as the even-money favorite in the January 9 Old Hat S. (G3). The Florida Oaks marks her first try beyond six furlongs, but she might last awhile if handled judiciously by Kent Desormeaux. A new arrival on the stakes scene, TESORO DE AMOR (Medaglia d'Oro), woke up in her dirt debut last time at Gulfstream, winning by nearly a length against maiden foes going 1 1/8 miles.