Ridden by Chad Schvaneveldt, East Lake Avenue and Glorification, who had Jason Lumpkins aboard, staged their own match race in the Oaks, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies, as they crossed the wire 19 lengths in front of the other two horses in the scratch-plagued field contested on a sloppy track.
Making her stakes debut, Eastlake Avenue, who had won her previous two starts by racing on the lead, stalked Glorification from the start before moving up to challenge her on the far turn. The two fillies matched strides into the lane and brushed mid-stretch before Eastlake Avenue took control of the race in the final sixteenth of a mile.
Glorification, who won the six-furlong Tiburon Stakes on Jan. 13, was making her first try in a distance race Saturday and simply couldn't fight off Eastlake Avenue in the late stages.
Eastlake Avenue is a California-bred daughter of Globalize who made her first six starts at Emerald Downs in Auburn, Wash., where her only win came in a lowly $7,500 maiden-claiming event. Eastlake Avenue joined the Hollendorfer barn last fall and is unbeaten in three starts in Northern California.
Owned by George Todaro, Eastlake Avenue earned $55,000 for the Oaks victory, pushing her career total to$93,178 with four wins in nine starts.
She paid $5.80 and $2.60. Glorification, the 1-2 choice, returned $2.20. Black Hills Goldie and Whims and Fancies trailed. Storming Starlet, Tough Tiz's Sis and Quickandquietqueen scratched.