SOUTH (Arkansas, Louisiana) / INGLORIOUS FAVORED IN FAIR GROUNDS OAKS AS KATHMANBLU PASSES – Carl Moore Management LLC’s Inglorious made an unexpected transition from major contender to morning line favorite for Saturday’s $500,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (Grade II) when the connections of Kathmanblu decided to pass on the New Orleans race in favor of Keeneland’s Grade I Central Bank Ashland Stakes for her final prep for the $1 million Kentucky Oaks (GI).
The Josie Carroll-trained daughter of Hennessy, beaten only 1 ½ lengths in her debut over traditional dirt as runner-up to Kathmanblu in the Rachel Alexandra (GIII), is now the 3-1 choice for Saturday’s 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies. Chantal Sutherland will ride Inglorious, who drew the outside post a field of 10 when entries were taken on Sunday at Fair Grounds.
Trainer Ken McPeek made a late change in plans in the Ashland option for Kathmanblu, the 7-2 favorite in Churchill Downs’ Kentucky Oaks Future Wager. The Ashland will be run over Keeneland’s synthetic Polytrack surface on April 9.
“She hasn’t run in a Grade I, she hasn’t won a Grade I,” McPeek told Bob Fortus of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
“We (dragged) it out, admittedly, but we decided to run in the Ashland.”
The Fair Grounds Oaks field (from the rail out) includes Grandacious, Little Miss Holly, Switching Gears, Tapit Dancer, Daisy Devine, Snow Fall, Tourmaline, St. John’s River, Niji’s Grand Girl and the favored Inglorious.
EAST (Maryland, New Jersey, New York) / QUANTUM MISS HANGS ON TO TAKE CICADA, – Favored Quantum Miss, fifth as the favorite in the recent Old Hat (GIII) at Gulftream Park, made amends for that disappointing effort with a front-running victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Cicada (GIII) at New York’s Aqueduct.
Daniel Ryan’s homebred daughter of Smoke Glacken dueled with Roman Treasure in the early stages of the six-furlong Cicada, drew away from that rival at the top of the stretch and held the late-running Coax Liberty safe to win by a half-length. Jockey Cornelio Velaquez was aboard as Quantum Miss covered the distance in 1:11.99.
“I was very impressed,” trainer Tony Dutrow said. “Her performance kind of confirms what we though all along: she’s a six-furlong filly.”
Quantum Miss will focus on sprints, with Belmont Park’s six-furlong Prioress (GI) on July 4 set as a near-term goal.
Previously unbeaten Dream finished third, and the well-regarded In Step was fifth in the field of seven 3-year-old fillies.
WEST (Arizona, California, New Mexico) – MILDLY OFFENSIVE PERFECT AFTER SANTA PAULA ROMP – Warren Williamson’s Mildly Offensive remained unbeaten in her young career when the 1-2 favorite splashed to a comfortable 4 1/4-length victory over Hout Bay in Sunday’s $100,000 Santa Paula Stakes at soggy Santa Anita.
Jockey Rafael Bejarano was in the irons for trainer Carla Gaines as the daughter of Sharp Humor covered 6 ½ furlongs over a sloppy track in 1:15.70. She won by an identical margin in her Feb. 19 Santa Anita début, covering six furlongs in 1:08.25.
"We’ve always thought a lot of her and she ran to our expectations today,” Gaines said.
Mildly Offensive closed at odds of 51-1 in March 11-13 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager pool. .