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Redressthebalance takes Cal Oaks
Later on Saturday, in another points race for the Kentucky Oaks, Rutherford Group et al's Redressthebalance came with a powerful rally to capture the $53,550 California Oaks at Golden Gate Fields. With jockey Christian Santiago Reyes in the irons, the Doug O'Neill pupil earned her first win stateside when completing 1 1/16 miles on the synthetic Tapeta in 1:45 2/5.
Redressthebalance bided her time well back in midpack while Marks Mine and Revive Me dueled on the front end through fractions of :24, :47 3/5 and 1:12 1/5. Marks Mine put away her rival nearing the turn, but found new challengers when the tracking My Lil Shamrock and Redressthebalance suddenly ranged up to her outside.
The stretch drive became a cavalry charge as the rest of the field caught up, but Redressthebalance got the half-length victory on the wire while a photo had to separate the next four positions following a blanket finish.
"The trainer told me to stay behind and make one move," said Reyes, who celebrated his first Golden Gate Fields stakes win by raising his whip even before crossing the wire. "I just wanted to get her in position and then wait, wait, wait. When I asked her, my filly responded. I'm very happy."
Marks Mine, the 8-5 favorite, kept her nose in front of the charging Sweet Tess, while it was a head back to Macha in fourth. Butterfly Soul finished another neck back in fifth to complete the blanket finish and was followed under the wire by My Lil Shamrock, Lucky Moment, Jerry'shoneycarol, Isadaisybelle and Revive Me. Branding was withdrawn.
Redressthebalance was sent off the 10-1 fifth choice after being unplaced in her first two U.S. starts, and returned $23.60, $8.60 and $5 to her backers.
Bred in Ireland by Kevin Walsh, the bay daughter of Ramonti began her career in England, capturing her initial two races before finishing fifth in a Group 3 at Newmarket last August. Redressthebalance was unable to break into the top three in her remaining three starts overseas, including a pair of Group 3s, and continued that tradition when making her U.S. bow in the Grade 3 Miesque on November 4.
She was sixth last out in an optional claimer at Santa Anita while making her sophomore bow on January 19, but now boasts a 9-3-0-0 mark having banked $48,784 in career earnings.
Redressthebalance is out of the Distant View mare Lady Naomi, and counts as her second dam multiple Grade/Group 2 queen Invited Guest. This is the same family as Grade 1 victor Midships.