Pin Oak Stable's undefeated See How She Runs will return to action July 3 as the short-priced favorite for the $150,000 Iowa Oaks at Prairie Meadows. Five other 3-year-old fillies have been entered to take on trainer Donnie Von Hemel's streaking gray daughter of Maria's Mon.
A perfect five-for-five, See How She Run enters the 1 1/16-mile Iowa Oaks off an impressive 5 1/2-length win in the Selene Stakes (Can-I) at Woodbine on May 20. Prior to that, she won four straight at Oaklawn Park from Jan. 26 to April 12, breaking her maiden, running through her first two conditions, then capping off the meet with a score in the Fantasy Stakes (gr. II) over Lake Lady and Chamrousse. Chamrousse came back to win the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II) at Pimlico and finish second in the Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park on June 29.
See How She Runs was bred by Mrs. Josephine Abercrombie's Pin Oak Stud near Versailles, Ky. She is out of the Cougar II mare Beau Cougar.
Don Pettinger, who is the only rider to have ever ridden See How She Runs, will be on hand in Altoona, Iowa for the mount. See How She Runs is the 121-pound highweight in the field, drew post 5, and has been pegged at even money on the morning line. Expect her price to be less than that.
Second choice in the morning line at 3-1 is Mrs. W.S. Kilroy's Charmed Gift. Bred in Kentucky by W.S. Kilroy, Charmed Gift has yet to win a stakes, but has graded stakes-placings in two of her last four starts. The daughter of A.P. Indy trained by Neil Howard is coming off a runner-up effort to Take Charge Lady in the Dogwood Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs May 25 at the Iowa Oaks distance. Earlier in the year, Charmed Gift was second behind Take Charge Lady again in the Silverbulletday Stakes (gr. III) at Fair Grounds.
Charmed Gift, who will be ridden by Robby Albarado, will break from post 4.
Iowa Oaks, $125,000, 1 1/16 miles, 3-year-old fillies
PP Horse Jockey ML
1 Don't Ruffle Me Carlos Marquez Jr. 8-1
2 Hi Tech Honeycomb Sidney LeJeune Jr. 8-1
3 Lost At Sea Terry Thompson 6-1
4 Charmed Gift Robby Albarado 3-1
5 See How She Runs Don Pettinger 1-1
6 Never Out Mark Guidry 4-1