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Kentucky Oaks 137 Update (2.25.2011) - Dancinginherdreams Bids to Make Amends in Davona Dale

The weekend's major Kentucky Oaks prep is scheduled Saturday at Florida's Gulfstream Park where the flashy and nearly white Dancinginherdreams will seek to atone for the only loss of her career when she faces eight rivals in the one-mile Davona Dale Stakes.

| Churchill Downs | 02/25/2011 #

FLORIDA / DANCINGINHERDREAMS LOOKS TO REBOUND IN DAVONA DALEJohn C. Oxley’s Dancinginherdreams suffered her first career defeat in her 2011 racing debut, but that has not deterred admirers who are expected to make the nearly white filly 3-year-old favorite in Saturday’s $250,000 Davona Dale (Grade (GII) at Florida’s Gulfstream Park.

The John Ward Jr. trained daughter of Tapit will start from the outside post in a field of nine 3-year-old fillies.  Jockey Julien Leparoux will be in the saddle aboard Dancinginherdreams, who lost considerable ground with a wide run through the stretch in the seven-furlong Forward Gal Stakes (GII) and fell short in her bid to catch the victorious Pomeroys Pistol. 

Saturday’s one-mile Davona Dale looms as a showdown between Pomeroys Pistol and Dancinginherdreams.  Also returning to the mix will be Spinaway (GI) winner R Heat Lightning, the runner-up to 2-year-old filly champion Awesome Feather in last fall’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (GI) at Churchill Downs and the fourth-place finisher in the Forward Gal.

Dancinginherdreams completed a perfect two-race 2-year-old campaign with a 5 ¼-length win in the one-mile Pocahontas Stakes (GIII) at Churchill Downs.

Ramon Dominguez will ride Pomeroys Pistol, who breaks from post eight, and John Velazquez will be aboard R Heat Lightning, who will start from post five.

DUBAI / GODOLPHIN’S KHAWLAH SCORES UPSET IN UAE OAKSKhawlah, a 3-year-old filly owned by Dubai-based powerhouse Godolphin and ridden by Frankie Dettori, rallied past heavily favored Mahbooba in upper stretch and held on for a 1 ¼-length win in Thursday’s $250,000, Group 3 UAE Oaks at Dubai’s Meydan Race Course.

The daughter of Cape Cross covered 1,900 meters in 1:58.51 over the synthetic Tapeta surface at Meydan.  Khawlah notched her first stakes victory for trainer Saeed bin Suroor.

CHURCHILL DOWNS, SUSAN G. KOMEN FOR THE CURE RENEW KENTUCKY OAKS FUNDRAISING PARTNERSHIP -- Churchill Downs, the home of the world-famous Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks, and Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the world’s largest breast cancer organization, have renewed their partnership to raise funds to aid in breast cancer awareness and research through events on Kentucky Oaks Day, Friday, May 6 – the day prior to the famed “Run for the Roses.”

Kentucky Oaks 137, the Kentucky Derby’s $1 million companion race for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles, will again feature a “Ladies First” theme and a day of events to raise money and awareness for Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, which leads the global movement for breast cancer research, education, advocacy and community support. The event will be televised nationally on NBC Sports Group’s VERSUS from 5-6 p.m. ET.

Churchill Downs will donate $1 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure® for every person in attendance on Kentucky Oaks Day.  Attendees will be encouraged to take part in a “Pink Out!” and incorporate pink into their Oaks Day attire to support for Susan G. Komen for the Cure.