Although 14 fillies were entered in Saturday’s $100,000 Bourbonette Oaks (G3) at Turfway Park, only 12 will be allowed to start in the one-mile affair.
On the line is 50 points to the winner toward a starting berth in the May 6 Kentucky Oaks (G1) at Churchill Downs, and Marquee Miss could very well take home those 50 points.
Marquee Miss already owns 10 points for her win in the Martha Washington S. at Oaklawn Park, but was unable to add to that total last out in the Honeybee (G3) when distanced over a sloppy, sealed track. Trainer Ingrid Mason brought her filly to Turfway and the synthetic Polytrack to avoid another such scenario from happening. Channing Hill also made the trip to ride the filly on Saturday.
American Doll faces stakes rivals for the first time in this spot but brings a 3-0-1 mark from four starts at Turfway into the race. The Ben Colebrook trainee broke her maiden on the Polytrack by 6 1/2 lengths on January 28 and has been unbeatable since. The Tiznow filly may have found her niche under Orlando Mojica.
Wonderment and Artesian are both interesting prospects entered in the Bourbonette Oaks. The former captured her initial two starts last July at Belmont Park in easy fashion and opened up her 2016 campaign with a third in the Franklin Square S. at Aqueduct on February 20. Artesian is unbeaten from two starts thus far, including breaking her maiden on Presque Isle Downs’ synthetic Tapeta last October.
Wonderment will be getting first-time Lasix added on Saturday with Cornelio Velasquez aboard while Pablo Morales has piloting duties on Artesian.
Dorodansa followed Marquee Miss from Oaklawn, having finished behind that rival in third in the Martha Washington and in front when fourth in the Honeybee. Corey Nakatani will be in the irons for trainer Kenny McPeek. Egyptian Honey boasts a win at Turfway, closing out her juvenile season with a four-length victory going a mile against allowance/optional claiming rivals. She didn’t do so well when returning against stakes foes on the turf March 5 and could rebound here by returning to the Polytrack.
Inconclusive and Lope each ran well against black-type opponents while sprinting on the turf at Fair Grounds in their last efforts and might pick up a piece in this spot.
Lookout Sister was last seen fading to last in the Alcibiades (G1) at Keeneland in early October while Miss Meteor broke her maiden on the turf most recently on January 31. The duo has picked a tough spot in which to return.
Lemon Drop Belle and Red Fern Doll were both well-beaten when trying stakes rivals in their past starts and may not be able to keep up here either.
Castiel’s Angel and Red Atlantic are both on the also-eligible list.