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Feb 9 2013 California Oaks Golden Gate 1 1/16 M 1 REPLAY


Doug O'Neill


Doug O'Neill began training in 1994 and has been a perennial leader on the southern California racing circuit. In 2012 he rose to the highest level of the sport by saddling I'll Have Another to win the 138th Kentucky Derby and he would also go on to capture the Preakness stakes but was retired before a run for the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes. Prior to his success with I'll Have Another, Doug was recognized for his campaigning of the popular gelding Lava Man who he claimed for $50,000 and would go on to win over $5 million including grade 1 races on three different surfaces while capturing the hearts and interest of fans around the world. Lava Man is now the stable pony for Team O'Neill and escorted I'll Have Another to the post of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes victories. He has saddled the winners of three Breeders Cup races and trained three Eclipse champions. Other top stable stars include He's Had Enough, Goldencents, Know More, Handsome Mike, Stevie Wonderboy, Thor's Echo, Square Eddie, Maryfield, Great Hunter and Notional. He credits his brother Dennis, stable manager and bloodstock agent, for helping with his success.

Rutherford Group, Ltd., Meredith or Pegum



Ramonti--Lady Naomi, by Distant View

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Redressthebalance appears to be a turf runner who took to the synthetic Tapeta at Golden Gate Fields to capture her first U.S. win in the California Oaks. That is borne out by her dam, the Distance View mare Lady Naomi, who made all four of her lifetime starts on turf, and sire Ramonti.

Ramonti also competed exclusively on turf, scoring multiple Group 1 wins along the way, and was named highweight for Italy and England in 2006 and 2007, respectively. He is probably best known for taking the Hong Kong Cup, Queen Anne, Queen Elizabeth II and Sussex, all Group 1s.

Redressthebalance is from her sire’s first crop to race and joins Group 3-placed Montiridge and listed runner-up Ancient King as his best runners to date.

Redressthebalance’s second dam, Irish-bred Grade/Group 2 winner Invited Guest, is yet another successful turf runner.

This female family is rich in top class grass horses, including champion turf mare Wandesta, European champion sprinter Continent, and Grade/Group 1 winners Midships, Zambezi Sun and Quiet Fling.

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