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Rose to Gold the one to catch in Fantasy
The only graded winner entered in Wednesday's Grade 3, $400,000 Fantasy at Oaklawn Park is Rose to Gold and she certainly will be the one to catch as she gets a final tune-up before the $1 million Kentucky Oaks next month. The chestnut filly is entered with six others in the 1 1/16-mile contest, which will award points on a 100-40-20-10 scale toward qualification of the Oaks. She is currently seventh on the points standings list with 64 points attached to her name, which all but guarantees her a spot in the Oaks field.
Rose to Gold broke her maiden by 13 lengths against stakes company in her racing debut last August and has only failed to hit the board once in six lifetime starts, with that coming over the Keeneland Polytrack in the Alcibiades. The Sal Santoro filly is coming off a gate-to-wire score in the Honeybee just last month and also captured the Delta Downs Princess to close out her two-year-old campaign. Calvin Borel will retain the mount after guiding her for the first time last out.
Marathon Lady looks to improve off her nose second against graded company in the Bourbonette Oaks on the Turfway Polytrack. Trained by Steve Hobby, Marathon Lady returns to Oaklawn where she broke her maiden in her second career start over a sloppy track. Joe Bravo will pick up the mount.
John Terranova II ships in Manuka Honey, who is exiting a 7 1/4-length victory in the Suncoast Stakes on March 9 at Tampa Bay Downs. She made her first five starts over the grass but did not have much luck breaking her maiden until her first attempt on the dirt in February at Gulfstream. Edgar Prado will be aboard as she makes her first trip to Oaklawn.
The field is completed by Hung the Moon, who captured an optional claimer here last out; stakes winner Legal Mind; Liberty Girl, the respective fourth- and fifth-place finisher in the Honeybee and Martha Washington Stakes; and D. Wayne Lukas' Inspired Exchange, a recent maiden winner over a muddy Oaklawn track.