Jockey Edgar Prado will be in the irons when Pure Clan takes the gate for the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) May 2 at Churchill Downs.
The Oaks will make Prado’s first mount aboard the daughter of Pure Prize. She was ridden in five of her six previous career starts by Julien Leparoux.
Prado was aboard Mary Lou Whitney's Bird Town for her win in the 2003 Oaks.
IEAH Stables purchased controlling interest in Pure Clan, who was bred in Kentucky by A. Lakin and sons, from owner Lewis Lakin in February of this year. The filly is trained by Bob Holthus, who called the switch in riders the owners’ decision. “The owners have had good luck with him,” Holthus said of Prado, who is a member of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame Class of 2008. “It was their decision.”
Holthus said Pure Clan would work at Churchill Downs April 25, with Prado aboard.
Produced from the General Assembly mare Gather The Clan, Pure Clan has shown a love of the Churchill Downs surface, winning the Golden Rod (gr. II) and Pocahontas (gr. III) over the Louisville, Ky., oval after breaking her maiden first out at Ellis Park and then winning an allowance race at Keeneland. With the two stakes wins, she closed out her juvenile season undefeated.
At age 3, she finished second to Eight Belles in the Honeybee Stakes (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park. Pure Clan then finished third behind that rival in Oaklawn's Fantasy Stakes (gr. II). Eight Belles could start in either the Oaks or challenge the boys in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).