Earl H. Shultz homebred Ask Me No Secrets set a moderate pace then kicked clear in the stretch to win Saturday's $200,000 Oaklawn Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) by 4 1/2 lengths. Under Mike Smith, the 4-year-old daughter of Seattle Slew completed the 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.56 on a fast track.
Red n'Gold chased Ask Me No Secrets around the Oaklawn oval and finished second, a head in front of even-money favorite Descapate. Caressing and Search Party completed the order of finish.
A lightly raced David Hofmans trainee, Ask Me No Secrets is out of In On the Secret (by Secretariat), making her a half-sister of Royal Tryst, one of 12 horses currently entered in the March 23 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I). She is also from the same female family as Albert the Great, who is out of a daughter of Ask Me No Secrets' second dam, In My Cap (by Vice Regent).
Ask Me No Secrets finished third in the La Canada Stakes (gr. I) last time out, a race which also produced last weekend's Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap (gr. I) winner Azeri. Ask Me No Secrets earned $120,000 for the win, her third in five career starts and first in a stakes race.
Sent off as the 9-5 second choice, Ask Me No Secrets paid $5.60, $3.80, and $2.20. Red n'Gold returned $5.80 and $2.60 and completed the $49.40 exacta. Descapate was worth $2.20 to show. (Chart, Equibase