C.S. Silk, a six-length winner of the Arlington-Washington Lassie (gr. III) as a 2-year-old last September at Arlington Park, returns to the site of her biggest victory July 18 in the $150,000 Arlington Oaks (gr. III).
A daughter of Medaglia d'Oro , C.S. Silk is among seven 3-year-old fillies in the 1 1/8-mile Oaks, which will be contested over Arlington's Polytrack. The Oaks is carded as the ninth race on the program. Though the field is not large, it includes a competitive group of improving runners.
C.S. Silk scored her first win since the Lassie when she defeated a second-level allowance field going one mile on the Churchill Downs turf June 27, ending a five-race losing streak for trainer Dale Romans and owners William Pacella, George Bonomo, and Fred Barbara.
Robby Albarado, who was aboard the dark bay filly when she registered her Lassie score, returns to ride C.S. Silk in the Oaks. Following the Lassie, the Kentucky-bred filly ran seventh in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) after setting the pace and had been looking for the winner's circle since. She turned in a front-running score by 3 3/4 lengths over a firm turf at Churchill. C.S. Silk has won three of nine starts and $263,907 to far outpace her Oaks rivals in earnings.
Hot Cha Cha, who won Turfway Park's Bourbonette Oaks (gr. III) by six lengths at odds of 9-1 over Polytrack March 21, gets back on her favored surface after three consecutive grass starts for trainer Philip Sims.
Nelson McMakin’s homebred daughter of Cactus Ridge won three of five starts at Turfway dating back to December before embarking on the turf. The 122-pound starting highweight in the Oaks, she is coming off a rallying third-place finish in the 1 1/8-mile Regret (gr. IIIT) at Churchill June 13, encountering quite a bit of traffic trouble in the stretch. Fernando Jara takes over for the first time aboard the dark bay.
Also invading from Kentucky is G. Watts Humphrey Jr.’s Perfect for You, a third-place finisher in the Dogwood Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill May 30. The Rusty Arnold-trained daughter of Giant's Causeway rallied to win a first-level allowance race in the slop at the Twin Spires oval before that. She broke her maiden over Keeneland's Polytrack in April. Miguel Mena rides her for the first time.
Peach Brew returns to Arlington after running a closing third in the Iowa Oaks (gr. III) at Prairie Meadows June 26. Trained by Donnie K. Von Hemel for Robert Zoellner, the Milwaukee Brew filly ran seventh in the American 1000 Guineas on turf and second in the Double Delta Stakes on Polytrack prior to the Iowa Oaks.
Von Hemel also entered Pin Oak Stable’s Always in My Heart, who has posted back-to-back wins heading into the Oaks, both on Polytrack. They include a maiden score at Turfway Park in March and a first-level allowance tally at Arlington June 4.
Silverton Hill’s Irish-bred Excelente won over Polytrack in her native country, although all three of her American starts have come on turf for trainer Darrin Miller, including a second in the American 1,000 Guineas.
Jerry Jamgotchian’s Sweet and Flawless has just a maiden win in six starts but has finished in the money in all but one. She ran third in a stakes at Prairie Meadows last time out.
$150,000 Arlington Oaks (gr. III, Race 9, 5:03 p.m.), 3-Year-Old Fillies, 1 1/8 Miles (All Weather)
PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer
1. C. S. Silk (KY), R Albarado, 118, D L Romans
2. Hot Cha Cha (KY), F Jara, 122, P A Sims
3. Always in My Heart (KY), J M Campbell, 116, D K Von Hemel
4. Excelente (IRE), E T Baird, 116, D Miller
5. Perfect for You (KY), M Mena, 116, G R Arnold, II
6. Peach Brew (OK), Q Hamilton, 116, D K Von Hemel
7. Sweet and Flawless (KY), J Alvarado, 116, E R Reed