An Oaks to KeepFor those closest to Dublino, the filly's disqualification in Hollywood Park's inaugural $500,000 American Oaks last month was hard to stomach. Trying to find a silver lining was even tougher. "Well, throwing $200,000 back in isn't it," said trainer Laura de Seroux two days later. "At least there wasn't a graded status to throw back in, as well. And we know we have a very, very good filly." No one would argue. Dublino's performance in the American Oaks--her local debut--was undeniably choice, and on Aug. 24, she duplicated the effort, holding off the lethal late burst of Megahertz to win the $300,000 Del Mar Oaks (gr. IT). This time, it was hers to keep.
Based on their tussle in the American Oaks, their next battle promised to be explosive. They delivered. As before, Dublino got first run down the lane, and, as expected, Megahertz came flying late. This time, the margin was just a nose. The Del Mar turf has played speedway-fast all meet, so it's not surprising that Dublino hit the finish in 1:47.16, just missing the nine-furlong course record. Considering the daughter of Lear Fan is pretty much a rookie, the best may be yet to come. "This filly nearly beat Sophisticat at a mile this year, so I think any part of the middle distances is no problem for her because she will follow any pace and she has an amazing turn of foot," explained de Seroux. "Dublino has only run four times in her life, and she has a big future next year. And she has no holes in her. She's got a great mind, she's very sound, she's well-made. She's just 100%." Owned by de Seroux and husband Emmanuel, Michael Klein, Robert Geringer, and Marsha Naify, Dublino is likely to aim for the 1 1/8-mile Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (gr. IT) Oct. 12 at Keeneland. b