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Eleven fillies line up for Bourbonette Oaks
A field of 11 three-year-old fillies was entered on Wednesday for Saturday's $100,000 Bourbonette Oaks (G3), the highlight of the Spiral S. (G2) undercard at Turfway Park, and the winner just may earn a spot in the starting gate for the May 6 Kentucky Oaks (G1) at Churchill Downs.
First up on the list of Oaks hopefuls is LILACS AND LACE (Flower Alley), triumphant in the California Oaks on New Year's Day. The John Terranova charge hasn't been seen in competition since that 8 1/2-furlong event, but has been working well at Palm Meadows since the beginning of March. The chestnut lass will be making her graded bow in the Bourbonette Oaks, and will have jockey Javier Castellano in the saddle for the first time.
While Lilacs and Lace will be trying Turfway's Polytrack for the first time, HARLAN'S RUBY (Harlan's Holiday) is returning to the site of her Valdale S. victory on February 26. That was the bay filly's first start since finishing eighth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1), and she was also second in the Alcibiades S. (G1) last season. Perry Ouzts has the call on the Ken McPeek runner.
In order behind Harlan's Ruby in the Valdale were KITTEN'S DANCER (Kitten's Joy), JELLY CABLE (Sky Mesa), ANGELICA ZAPATA (Sharp Humor) and TOUCH SCREEN (Bandini), and those four return for another shot at their rival. Kitten's Dancer and Jelly Cable both entered the Valdale off nice debut maiden wins, while Angelica Zapata was trying to pad her resume after taking the Cincinnati Trophy S. by 5 1/2 lengths on January 22. Touch Screen also tried the Valdale off a maiden score, taking a mile Polytrack contest on January 14.
Other contenders in the Bourbonette Oaks include SUMMER SOIREE (War Front), a dominant 9 3/4-length victress against allowance rivals at Oaklawn Park last out, and PROUD HOUSE (Proud Citizen), who's captured her last two over track and distance.