Praia Tries Virginia Oaks Off Stakes Placings

Lone stakes winner in the Colonial field is Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Always Kitten.

After finishing second to Ken and Sarah Ramsey homebred Kitten's Dumplings in a pair of stakes races on the turf at Churchill Downs, Praia will ship to Colonial Downs in search of the first stakes win of her career.

While the 11 3-year-old fillies entered in the $150,000 Virginia Oaks (gr. IIIT) have flashed talent, all but one will be looking for a first stakes win in the 1 1/8-mile turf race; none has won a stakes this year.

As a 45-1 longshot in the 1 1/16-mile Edgewood Stakes May 3 on the turf at Churchill, Haras Old Friends' Praia finished second to Kitten's Dumplings. The Distorted Humor  filly showed that effort was no fluke when she again ran second to Kitten's Dumplings in the Regret Stakes (gr. IIIT) June 15 at Churchill.

However, another of the Ramseys' Kittens awaits in the Virginia Oaks. Their Always Kitten is the lone stakes winner in the field although last year's Happy Ticket Stakes victor will be looking for her first win in 2013. The Kitten's Joy  homebred enters off three straight off-the-board finishes.

Trying stakes waters for the first time will be Wounded Warrior Stables' Blossom's Trail. The undefeated daughter of Purge enters off a victory in an allowance/optional claiming race at Belmont Park where she was claimed by trainer Gary Contessa for her new owner. All three of her starts have been on turf.

The field also includes Team Valor International's Three Hearts and Augustin Stable's Cat's Holiday, who both enter off third-place finishes in stakes on the turf at Monmouth Park; and PTK's Hold Our Destiny, who posted a 7 1/4-length victory in a June 17 allowance race on the turf at Delaware Park.

$150,000 Virginia Oaks (gr. IIIT, race 6, approximate post time 7:28 p.m. EDT) 3YO Fillies, 1 1/8 miles, turf
PP, Horse, Jockey, Trainer
1. Really Right (KY), S. Russell, J. Campitelli
2. Tanzspiel (IRE), J. Velazquez, R. Attfield
3. Bella Nicole (FL), I. Sabol, Z. Durr
4. Always Kitten (KY), S. Bridgmohan, M. Maker
5. Praia (KY), A. Garcia, K. McPeek
6. Blossom's Trail (KY), J. Lezcano, G. Contessa
7. Nellie Cashman (PA), F. Boyce, F. Abbott III
8. Three Hearts (KY), J. Rosario, R. Mettee
9. Hold Our Destiny (KY), G. Cruise, D. Kobiskie
10. Cat's Holiday (PA), E. Prado, H. Motion
11. Hedonemewrongsong (PA), A. Cintron, J. Sheppard
All assigned 116 pounds.