Descending to the Beaumont Stakes
Posted by Brian Appleton on April 15, 2011
Keenland has been hosting some very exciting race that feature top class fields this season and they look to continue that trend on Sunday when a field of six three-year-old fillies lines up to compete in the 26th edition of the Beaumont Stakes (gr.2). While the 7 furlong Beaumont has not proven to be a particularly impacting Kentucky Oaks prep in recent years there are several fillies worthy of Oaks consideration running this year.
Two time Grade 1 winner Turbulent Descent heads the field and will no doubt be the over whelming favorite off the strength of her four lifetime wins. Turbulent Descent began the year in the Las Virgenes Stakes (gr.1) but finished second, proving to be no match for leading Kentucky Oaks contender Zazu. In her second start of the year she held off a fast closing Zazu in the 1 1/16 mile Santa Anita Oaks (gr.1), winning by a neck in a thrilling stretch drive. Despite her impressive score in the Santa Anita Oaks trainer Mike Puype announced his star filly would be pointed for the Nation’s premier sprint races, stating that his filly is at her best in one turn races. She should have little trouble handling the quality of the Beaumont field after having run in three straight Grade 1 races against some of the best fillies in training. Turbulent Descent will break from post position six and shares top weight of 123 pounds with Grade 1 winner Tell A Kelly. She has turned in four excellent works ranging from four to five furlongs in preparation for the Beaumont. [Continue reading the complete post here on Kentucky Oaks Runner at Horse Racing Nation]