Secret Status, Kentucky Oaks winner victorious at Saratoga on Friday.

Secret Status, Kentucky Oaks winner victorious at Saratoga on Friday.

Secret Status Captures Muddy Allowance

Secret Status, who banged her head in the starting gate and had to be scratched from the July 29 Go For Wand (gr. I), returned to the track with a vengeance Friday, capturing a 1 1/8-mile allowance contest over four foes and a muddy Saratoga surface. The daughter of A.P. Indy will now be pointed for the Aug. 24 10-furlong Personal Ensign (gr. I).

Sent off at 3-5, Secret Status broke well in the allowance contest before rider Pat Day took her back to conserve ground near the rail in third position behind Search Party and Princess Ellen. Through moderate opening quarters, Secret Status dropped five panels off the leaders up the backstretch before commencing a run approaching the far turn in tandem with People's Princess. Jerry Bailey aboard People's Princess seemed like he might keep the favorite bottled up, but Secret Status accelerated enough to get through outside the leaders off the turn for home.

From there it was no contest, as the Neil Howard trainee persevered through the lane to defeat Princess Ellen by one length in 1:51.37. People's Princess finished third.

Secret Status, winner of grade I contests the Kentucky Oaks and the Mother Goose last year, was bred in Kentucky by Elkins, Farish, and Webber, and races for William Farish, the new U.S. ambassador to Great Britain. She has now captured eight wins from 17 lifetime starts, and is two-for-four in 2001. The 4-year-old was already a millionaire when she entered the gate. She is out of the Alydar mare Private Status. (Chart, Equibase)