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Pure Fun returns in Bourbonette Oaks
While the Grade 3 Spiral is the featured event at Turfway Park on Saturday, sophomores fillies will get their turn in the spotlight as a field of 12 line up in the Grade 3, $100,000 Bourbonette Oaks. Like its companion one race later, the one-mile event is worth 50 points to the winner for a spot in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks starting gate.
Pure Fun is the heavy 8-5 morning-line favorite in her return to competition for trainer Kenny McPeek in the race. The Pure Prize filly scored in the Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet to close out her juvenile campaign on December 8 and was a 9 1/4-length winner prior to that going a mile at Churchill Downs, something that can only help her on May 3.
"I normally stop on all my two-year-olds turning three and give them a four- to six-week break," McPeek explained. "It's a really good program to give them a little time. Pure Fun had really traveled all around and run a lot of races. She has come back really well and fired a couple of bullets in the morning working with Frac Daddy. All systems are go for Saturday."
McPeek added he may consider giving Pure Fun one more start after the Bourbonette in preparation for the Kentucky Oaks.
"It depends on the Kentucky Oaks points standings," he said. "If needed, I could bring her back in the (Grade 1) Ashland (at Keeneland on April 6) or the (Grade 3) Fantasy (at Oaklawn Park on April 10)."
Garrett Gomez, who rode Pure Fun in the Hollywood Starlet, will be back in the saddle for the Bourbonette Oaks.
Returning off a two-week break in Saturday's contest will be Broken Spell, who was last seen finishing a subpar sixth in the Grade 3 Honeybee at Oaklawn on March 9. Trained by D. Wayne Lukas, the Broken Vow miss is seeking her first win since breaking her maiden last August at Saratoga, but has a close runner-up finish in the Grade 1 Alcibiades to her credit on Keeneland's Polytrack. Jon Court has the call on the 8-1 morning line chance.
Awesome Mama will be trying stakes company for the first time in the Bourbonette Oaks after scoring in her initial two starts at Turfway and Oaklawn, both at six furlongs. Also in with a chance is Street Gold, who scored by 5 3/4 lengths over track and distance on March 2.