Spendthrift Farm's big gray Stellar Jayne and So Madcapt Stable's New York-bred Capeside Lady were installed as the co-highweights for the 10th running of the $400,000 Indiana Breeders' Cup Oaks (gr. III) at Hoosier Park Oct. 1.
The Friday night, 1-1/16 miles affair features two extremely hot horses, both coming in off recent graded stakes wins in the east and looking to keep their winning ways.
Two-time grade I winner Stellar Jayne, trained by D. Wayne Lukas and bred in Kentucky by Howard and Kris Gibbon's Wind Hill Farm, enters off of a gutsy score in the Gazelle Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 11 at Belmont, where she reclaimed the lead after being passed in the stretch by Daydreaming, who again will test her from the 7-hole.
A daughter of Wild Rush, Stellar Jayne has won or placed in her last five graded stakes attempts on four different courses, including wins in the June 5 Dogwood Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs and the June 26 Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I) at Monmouth Park.
Respective seconds to Ashado and Society Selection in the CCA Oaks (gr. I) July 24 at Belmont and the sloppy Alabama (gr. I) at Saratoga round out her stellar summer campaign. A win would put her over the $1 million mark in earnings.
Stellar Jayne will carry 121 pounds and leave from post 6, with regular rider Robby Albarado aboard.
The nation's leading trainer Todd Pletcher will saddle Aug. 15 Monmouth Breeders' Cup Oaks (gr. II) champ Capeside Lady, who brings a two-race win streak by a combined 20 lengths to the Friday night fight.
The last four wins for the daughter of Cape Town
have come on off surfaces, including her Breeders's Cup Oaks win and the Little Silver Stakes in the slop July 5 at Monmouth.
Capeside Lady was bred in New York by Becky Thomas and Brenda and Lewis Lakin's Lakland North near Hudson, N. Y. She retains the services of Christopher De Carlo, aboard for her last two victories, after losing the skilled hands of John Velazquez. She'll carry 121 exiting from the 4-hole.
Velazquez will ply his trade with Ogden Phipps' Kentucky homebred Daydreaming, valiant in her last outing, finishing second by a length to to Stellar Jayne in the in the Gazelle.
Conditioned by Hall of Famer Shug McGaughey, the daughter of A.P. Indy
posted a fine workout move of :47.72 (h) on a fast Belmont track Monday morning--second of 41 on the day--and will carry 118 pounds.
Also assigned 118 is Brad Anderson's Lenatareese. Bred in Kentucky by Flaxman Holdings, the Broad Brush
filly boasts a three-win streak including a score her last trip in the $75,000 Audubon Oaks July 31 on the turf at Ellis Park turf.
Trained by David Carroll, Lenatareese has two wins on the dirt, her maiden-breaker in November of 2003, and a June 4 allowance contest, both at Churchill Downs. Regular rider Brice Blanc will be up and the pair will exit from the 8th spot in the nine-horse field.
Adobe Gold (Touch Gold
), Family Business (Saint Ballado), Slewpy's Story (Storm Creek
), Lunes Grito (Roar
), and Storm's Darling (Strom Boot) round out the list.Indiana Breeders' Cup Oaks (gr. III), 3-year-old fillies, 1 1/16 miles, $400,000, Friday, Oct. 1. Appx. Post Time 9:45 EDT.
PP -- Horse, Weight, Jockey, Morning Line
1--Adobe Gold, 116, Eddie Castro, 6-1
2--Family Business, 112, Kevin Krigger, 12-1
3--Slewpy's Storm, 114, John Byrne, 12-1
4--Capeside Lady, 121, Christopher De Carlo, 3-1
5--Lunes Gritto, 112, J.H. Delgado, 15-1
6--Stellar Jayne, 121, Robby Albarado, 7-2
7--Daydreaming, 118, John Velazquez, 4-1
8--Lenatareese, 118, Brice Blanc, 6-1
9--Storm's Darling, 114, Eddie Martin Jr., 10-1