Lightning Can Be Tricky: Gulfstream Oaks
Posted by Brian Appleton on April 1, 2011
The Gulfstream Oaks has come up with a diverse field of 7 three-year-old fillies set to contest the $300,000 race. Run in previous years as the Bonnie Miss Stakes the Grade 2 event is led by the Todd Pletcher trained R Heat Lightning, impressive winner of the Davona Dale Stakes last out, and the undefeated Kiaran McLaughlin trainee It’s Tricky.
R Heat Lightning will undoubtedly go off as the post time favorite as she enters off the biggest win of her young career when capturing the February 26th Davona Dale by 7 ¼ lengths in one of the most dominant Kentucky Oaks preps of the season. Last year the talented daughter of Trippi won the Spinaway Stakes (gr.1) before running second in both the Grade 1 Frizette and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. She finished fourth in the Forward Gal stakes in her first start of the year before exploding in the Davona Dale. She signified her readiness to run in the Gulfstream Oaks on Sunday when she posted a bullet :47.60 four furlong move, the fastest of 60 to work at that distance.
It’s Tricky is undefeated in three lifetime starts, all at Aqueduct. She won her maiden race last year on November 28th before returning on January 26th to win an Optional Claiming Allowance race in hand by more than four lengths. Her next start in the Busher Stakes on February 20th was what really got people’s attention and earned her real respect. Racing in second all down the backside, It’s Tricky moved up around the far turn in the Busher and took the lead all on her own. In the stretch she exploded to a two length lead with relish when jockey Eddie Castro shook the reins at her. From there it was just a formality as to who would finish second as the Mineshaft filly won by 8 lengths, eased in the final few strides. She will be ridden by Alan Garcia in the Gulfstream Oaks for the first time since her maiden win. [Read the complete post Here on Kentucky Oaks Runner at Horse Racing Nation]