(Vacation Column / Coady Pictures & Courtesy of Churchill Downs)
From the Honest Grounds’ Media Team:
Vacation Column two, Clairiere one. The rivalry carries on. Churchill Downs awaits.
Component III of a budding rivalry among OXO Equine’s Vacation Column and Stonestreet Stables’ homebred Clairiere went to the previous in the $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (G2), as she took edge of a made the decision race movement edge and simply held off the late rally of her nemesis by 2 ¾ lengths to set up the all-vital fourth conference in the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1), April 30 at Churchill Downs. Good Grounds Race Course & Slots signature race for 3-yr-outdated fillies has generated seven of the past 17 Kentucky Oaks winners and could make on that stat this yr, as Vacation Column and Clairiere head to Louisville as incredibly probably the prime two betting decisions.
Florent Geroux — Vacation Column (1st):
“As a 2-12 months-aged she was a little hot blooded, she got a tiny little bit thrilled,” Geroux claimed. “Over the winter season from 2-to-3 she showed improvement in all regions, which is what you want to see.
“She put me in race and I required to continue to be as quiet as I could,” Geroux claimed. “She showed a really pleasant kick and put them away quite quick. We are psyched. We know she likes Churchill and her flexibility is her greatest asset. She can stay shut, but in the Golden Rod she was trapped and overcame adversity.”
Joe Talamo — Clairiere (2nd):
“The pace did not match us nowadays, it type of harm us, the winner was appropriate off of it,” Talamo mentioned. “Nonetheless, all-around the transform I was smiling since she was building up some floor really fantastic. Tempo can make the race and certainly Journey Column had a ideal vacation. I’ll notify you what, I assume any extra distance will undoubtedly be a help. She does not do a thing erroneous and I don’t consider you’ve observed the finest of this filly.”
Luis Saez — Li’l Tootsie (5th):
“I was comfortable with my place early but she just got a very little tired. She was traveling good but I realized the winner had a great deal of horse. At the fifty percent-mile I experimented with to see what we experienced but we just couldn’t operate with them. I realized it wouldn’t be that rapidly early so I tried using to be near.”
Brad Cox — Vacation Column:
“When you’re trying to earn races like the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks you have to hold going forward,” Cox claimed. “She’s a gifted filly. She was an high-priced yearling and it paid off. We can go to the previous Friday in April. She puts a great deal in her will work, so I believe six months will be a very good thing for her.
Steve Asmussen — Clairiere:
“We knew we would be up towards it just searching at the form. You could not find a horse who wished the lead. We are likely to remain the training course. We adore her at a mile and an eighth and she’s operate properly at Churchill. If she stays healthier, we expect her to be in Kentucky for the Oaks.”
David Carroll, assistant coach to Mark Casse — Souper Sensational (3rd):
“The plan was to try out to be intense because we understood there was no velocity in there. John (Velazquez, jockey) reported she caught the break and set awesome fractions. We ended up very very pleased of her. We just got caught (for next) at the end. This is one thing we can establish on.”