Ihtimal romps by record margin in UAE Oaks

Godolphin's Ihtimal, a dominant winner of the February 6 U.A.E. One Thousand Guineas, turned the classic double by an even more emphatic margin in Thursday's Group 3, $250,000 U.A.E. Oaks at Meydan. Asserting her superiority at the top of the stretch, the Saeed bin Suroor pupil widened her advantage to a record 10 lengths at the wire.

Awesome Baby heads eight-filly field in Santa Ysabel

Awesome Baby, a gate-to-wire winner of the Grade 2 Santa Ynez going 6 1/2 furlongs on January 4, heads a field of eight three-year-old fillies entered in Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 Santa Ysabel at 1 1/16 miles Saturday at Santa Anita.

Romp by Untapable Earns Status of Co-Favorite With 'All Others' in Kentucky Oaks Future Wager

Winchell ThoroughbredsUntapable (#23) has turned a dazzling romp in last Saturday’s Grade III Rachel Alexandra at Fair Grounds into status as the co-favorite with the always popular Mutuel Field (#24), or “All Others”, for Churchill Downs Racetrack’s only 2014 pool of the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager (“KOFW”), which opens its three-day run on Thursday, Feb. 27.

Untapable could give Winchell birthday present in FG Oaks

Winchell Thoroughbreds' Untapable looked like a winner as soon as the field of sophomore fillies entered the stretch in Saturday's Grade 3 Rachel Alexandra, and all the Steve Asmussen pupil did the rest of the way was increase her advantage.

Untapable dominates Rachel Alexandra

Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC's Untapable threw in a subpar eighth two starts back in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, then finished a one-paced third in the Hollywood Starlet over Hollywood Park's Cushion Track on December 7.

Onlyforyou uncatchable in Davona Dale

Onlyforyou remain undefeated from four career starts with a wire-to-wire victory in Saturday's Grade 2, $200,000 Davona Dale at Gulfstream Park.

Saturday is Deadline for Early Nominations to Longines Kentucky Oaks, Woodford Reserve Turf Classic

Owners and trainers of horses being pointed toward the 140th running of the $1 million-guaranteed Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) on Friday, May 2 at Churchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT”) face an early nomination deadline of Saturday, Feb. 22 to make their horses eligible to compete in the 2014 renewal America’s premier race for 3-year-old fillies scheduled for Friday, May 2.

Fiftyshadesofgold to train up to Fair Grounds Oaks

Promising three-year-old filly Fiftyshadesofgold lived up to her star billing last Saturday night at Sam Houston by winning the Two Altazano Stakes in effortless fashion.

Onlyforyou, Stopchargingmaria clash in Davona Dale

Trainer Todd Pletcher holds a strong hand in Saturday's Grade 2, $200,000 Davona Dale at Gulfstream Park, with undefeated Onlyforyou and stablemate Stopchargingmaria looming as the class of the eight-filly field. The local stepping stone to the March 29 Gulfstream Oaks, the 1 1/16-mile affair offers 50 Kentucky Oaks points to the winner.

"They are two nice fillies," Pletcher said. "I hate to run them against each other."

Ria Antonia meets Streaming in Rachel Alexandra

Ria Antonia, elevated to first in last fall's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, will make her three-year-old debut at Fair Grounds Saturday in the Grade 3, $200,000 Rachel Alexandra, a 1 1/16-mile prep for next month's Fair Grounds Oaks.

Divine Beauty, Cassatt both out of Rachel Alexandra

Brereton Jones' Divine Beauty and Fox Hill Farms' Cassatt will not run in Saturday's Grade 3, $200,000 Rachel Alexandra, trainer Larry Jones advised Sunday morning during training hours at Fair Grounds.

The Rachel Alexandra is Fair Grounds' designed prep for the Grade 2, $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks, to be run on Louisiana Derby Day, March 29, on the penultimate day of the current racing season in New Orleans.

Pletcher trio could vie for Davona Dale

Trainer Todd Pletcher may enter as many as three horses for next Saturday's Grade 2, $200,000 Davona Dale at Gulfstream Park, a 1 1/16-mile stakes for three-year-old fillies.

"Right now, I'm planning to enter Onlyforyou, Stopchargingmaria and Got Lucky is also under consideration for here and the (Grade 3, $200,000) Rachel Alexandra (at Fair Grounds on the same day)," Pletcher said Saturday morning.

Fashion Plate struts her stuff in Las Virgenes

Arnold Zetcher LLC and Michael B. Tabor's Fashion Plate handed even-money favoriteStreaming her first loss when holding that rival by a half-length to wire Saturday's Grade 1, $300,500 Las Virgenes at Santa Anita. The Simon Callaghan trainee was making her stakes bow in the one-mile contest off a 6 1/2-length maiden victory, and paid $11.40 for the win as the 9-2 third choice.

Jose Arias, who won the DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship last weekend, presented the Las Virgenes trophy.

"It's awesome to be out here," he said. "It's been a great day and it's an honor to present the trophy for such a historic race like the Las Virgenes."

Fashion Plate and Taste Like Candy both headed for the lead out of the gate, with the former taking command on the backstretch through splits of :23, :46 1/5 and 1:10 4/5.Streaming was seeking to move her record to a perfect three-for-three following victory in the Hollywood Starlet last out, and bided her time in third before beginning her move entering the turn.

Taste Like Candy started to drop back rounding the turn but Fashion Plate and Streamingwere still going strong. Under encouragement from jockey Gary Stevens, Fashion Platemanaged to hold off her rival as Arethusa came flying to just miss second on the wire.

"She's a very cooperative filly. You never know first time going long," Stevens said. "I will say, the other day another horse broke in on her during a work and it showed me a lot about her.

"She broke very relaxed and I didn't want to get her rolling (too early.) She was content to stay inside of Rafael (Bejarano on Taste Like Candy) around the first turn and at the three-quarter pole I knew (the pace) wasn't good for either one of us, even though she was relaxed so I let her out a notch and she did what I wanted her to do. This was pretty-much the hardest I've had to work this meet."

"When they came to her, she really dug in and tried real hard," Callaghan remarked. "She's a special filly. It means a lot to win this race. Gary put up a great ride. She went nice fractions, she went pretty quick and I think that was a testament to her courage and ability that she was able to do that and sustain the run."

StreamingArethusa and Taste Like Candy all met up in the Starlet last out, with the former posted a 1 1/2-length victory over Taste Like Candy while Arethusa was back in fifth. On Saturday, Streaming filled the runner-up spot as Arethusa finished 2 1/4 lengths in front of fourth-placer Taste Like Candy. Artemis, Saintly Joan and Sushi Empire completed the order of finish following the scratch of U.S. debuter Earthflight.

"Turning for home, I thought we had it," said Bob Baffert, who trains Streaming. "That's why (Stevens is) the best though, he's tough. (Streaming) ran better when she was 10-1!"

Fashion Plate took three tries to break her maiden, finishing a well-beaten seventh on the synthetic Polytrack at Del Mar before another far back third on Hollywood Park's all-weather Cushion Track. Making her dirt bow December 29 at Santa Anita, the change in surface was obviously a welcome change as the Old Fashioned filly wired that six-furlong contest by 6 1/2 lengths.

Saturday's stakes debut triumph boosted Fashion Plate's career earnings to $219,250 and her line now stands at 4-2-0-1. She also earned 10 points on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks series.

"We'll look at the (Grade 1, $400,000) Santa Anita Oaks (on April 5) and if she does well there, maybe we'll take her to (Grade 1) Kentucky (Oaks on May 2)," Callaghan declared.

Bred in Kentucky by Springland Farm and Fox Hill Farms Inc., Fashion Plate is no stranger to the auction ring. The dark bay sophomore brought $75,000 as a Keeneland November weanling before selling as a Keeneland September yearling for $35,000. Last spring she eclipsed those prices when purchased for $340,000 at the OBS Spring Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training.

Fashion Plate is out of the listed-placed Citidancer mare Mizz Puzzle, who has also produced stakes winner Mr. Candy Bar, and counts as her second dam Group 3 runner-up Miss Tree. That mare is a half-sister to New Zealand Horse of the Year and multiple champion Tit for Taat.

Aragorn Ami takes stakes bow in Martha Washington

Ivan Dalos' Aragorn Ami survived a claim of foul from Channing Hill, rider of runner-up Euphrosyne, after coming in on that rival during the stretch run of Saturday's $100,000 Martha Washington to take her stakes debut in the one-mile race and move her record to a perfect two-for-two.

Trained by Josie Carroll and ridden by Norberto Arroyo Jr., the bay filly was sent off the 13-1 seventh choice but ran like a favorite to reward her backers with a $28.80 win payout.

Joint Return files Busher win

Main Line Racing Stable's Joint Return was making her stakes bow on Saturday in the $100,000 Busher at Aqueduct and rallied widest of all rounding the turn to post a 4 1/4-length victory with jockey Kendrick Carmouche aboard. The John Servis-trained miss was sent off the 7-1 fifth pick in the seven-filly field and returned $16.80 for the win.

Streaming seeks to keep record perfect in Las Virgenes

Streaming has yet to be defeated in two races and on Saturday will try to make it three when heading a field of eight in the Grade 1, $300,000 Las Virgenes at Santa Anita Park.

While a steppingstone on the road to the Grade 1, $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks, the one-mile race for three-year-old fillies is prestigious in its own right and will award points toward a starting berth in the May 2 Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs.

Fierce Boots looks to steal another in Busher

Trainer Todd Pletcher has entered two three-year-old fillies in Saturday's $100,000 Busher at Aqueduct, a race he won last year with eventual Kentucky Oaks heroine Princess of Sylmar.

Fierce Boots, who led wire-to-wire in winning the Busanda on January 4, is likely to employ the same tactics from post 2 in this 1 1/16-mile affair. Pletcher's other interest, My Jimmy Chew Girl, has form to find after dropping her last two in starter optional claiming company.

Ria Antonia rerouted to Rachel Alexandra

Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Ria Antonia, who was expected to face males in the February 22 Risen Star at Fair Grounds, will instead stay in her own division in the Rachel Alexandra on the same day, connections announced via Twitter Monday.

Co-owner Loooch Racing Stable and trainer Jeremiah Englehart each noted that this change of plan for her sophomore debut does not affect their major goal of pitting Ria Antonia against males on the Kentucky Derby trail.

Onlyforyou continues to impress in Forward Gal

Glencrest Farm's Onlyforyou flashed to the front at the start and led all the way in Saturday's Grade 2, $200,000 Forward Gal at Gulfstream Park, remaining unbeaten with a 2 3/4-length decision in the seven-furlong event. Javier Castellano guided the extremely promising Todd Pletcher-trained filly.

Unbridled Forever likely for FG Oaks

Trainer Dallas Stewart has been very high on Saturday's Silverbulletday winner Unbridled Forever ever since she came into his barn, and the bay daughter of Unbridled's Song justified his optimism with the 1 1/2-length tally in the first leg of the local series that concludes with the Grade 2, $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks on Louisiana Derby Day, March 29.