Kazzia, the sole filly to win both the English One Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) and the English Oaks (Eng-I) since Salsabil in 1990, has died after foaling a Dubawi filly.
A total of 84 fillies are nominated for the June 6 Vodafone Oaks.
Godolphin's Kazzia, who became the first filly in 12 years to win the group I English Oaks and One Thousand Guineas, has been retired from racing
Alex Ferguson and Sue Magnier's Rock Of Gibraltar, who became the first horse ever to win seven consecutive group I races when taking the Prix du Moulin at Longchamp, was named Europe's Horse of the Year when the Cartier Racing Awards were presented Wednesday.
Led by longshot Starine, horses trained by Bobby Frankel finished first and second in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf.
One favorite has won the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) since the race was inaugurated in 1999, but even then, Soaring Softly was the 7-2 choice in a race with two other fillies at 4-1.
Banks Hill, the winner of last year's Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT), will prep for this year's running in Saturday's $750,000 Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes (gr. IT) at Belmont.
Islington captured her second straight group I win Wednesday with an outstanding performance in the Ashton Upthorpe Yorkshire Oaks at York.
Nayef gets the best of Golan, this time at York's Ebor meeting
German-bred Kazzia beat Quarter Moon by a half-length Friday to win the Vodafone (English) Oaks (Eng-I) at Epsom. Also on the card, German-bred Boreal, a 4-year-old son of Java Gold, took the Vodafone Coronation Cup (Eng-I) as favored Kutub was eased.
Godolphin's German-bred Kazzia resisted a late challenge from 28-1 longshot Snowfire to win Sunday's Sagitta One Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) by a neck at Newmarket.
Silent Honor has been withdrawn from the Sagitta One Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) due to an entrapped epiglottis discovered after a Friday morning work at Al Quoz. With Silent Honor out, Godolphin has only Kazzia in the first classic race of the season for fillies.
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