The public may have a hard time determining who the favorite should be in the grade III Indiana Breeders' Cup Oaks for 3-year-old fillies Friday night at Hoosier Park.
The $400,000 race at 1 1/16-mile has attracted a very competitive field, headed by two fillies coming off Oaks wins.
Flying Glitter, by Glitterman
, won the Monmouth Breeders' Cup Oaks (gr. III) in her last start, and Miss Matched, a daughter of Formal Gold
, won the Arlington Oaks in her previous outing.
Flying Glitter has run off three straight wins for trainer Ronny Werner, taking an allowance and the Heavenly Cause Stakes at Churchill Downs prior to the Oaks win in New Jersey by a widening 3 3/4 lengths.
Owned by Richard and Nancy Kaster, who also are her co-breeders, Flying Glitter will have jockey Robby Albarado up for the first time.
Miss Matched won the Dogwood Breeders' Cup (gr. III) at Churchill this summer and then ran third in the Sweetest Chant at Arlington before rebounding to win the Arlington Oaks by a length.
Bred in Kentucky by John Gallo and William Perry, Miss Matched is owned by John Oxley and trained by John Ward, Jr.
Shaun Bridgmohan, who has ridden her in her last four starts, will be back aboard Miss Matched.
Vying for favoritism will by R Lady Joy, the most graded stakes tested member of the eight-horse field. By Vicar
, she is a winner of the Florida Oaks and Delaware Oaks (gr. II).
R Lady Joy also has run third in the Fantasy Stakes (gr. II) behind Round Pond and Rugula, second to Spun Sugar in the Black-Eyed Susan (gr. II), and in her most recent outing, finished third in the Alabama (gr. I) to Sweet Symphony and Spun Sugar.
Owned by Richard Averill and trained by Kirk Ziadie, R Lady Joy will be ridden by Jose Lezcano, who has been on her in most of her starts.
An intriguing member of the field is Pussycat Doll, who has had only two starts this year, a second to Sweet Catomine in the Santa Ysabel (gr. III) in January and then, off a layoff, a win in the Torrey Pines by four at Del Mar Sept. 2.
A homebred for Mike Pegram and trained by Bob Baffert, the Real Quiet
filly will be ridden by Victor Espinoza.
The field, in post order, with weight assignment and jockey:
1 Winning Season, 116, Corey Lanerie
2 Miss Matched, 121, Shaun Bridgmohan
3 Flying Glitter, 121, Robby Albarado
4 Pussycat Doll, 121, Victor Espinoza
5 No Affair, 116, Rex Stokes III
6 Rimroc Gold, 112, Mark Guidry
7 R Lady Joy, 121, Jose Lezcano
8 Eyes On Eddy, 114, Jon Court