Sky Mom Primed For Arlington Oaks
by Jason Shandler
Date Posted: 7/31/2008 1:17:29 PM
Last Updated: 8/2/2008 3:25:02 PM

Sky Mom will try to earn her first graded stakes when facing seven rivals in the Arlington Oaks.
Photo: Coady Photography
Heather Stark’s Sky Mom, runner-up to talented filly Storm Mesa in her last two starts, seems primed to earn her first graded stakes score when facing seven rivals in the $100,000 Arlington Oaks (gr. III) Aug. 2 on the Polytrack.

On paper, Sky Mom’s main competition in the nine-furlong event could come from morning-line favorite Day of Victory, third when facing the boys in the June 27 Iowa Derby at Prairie Meadows. Also to consider are Dreaming of Liz and Temper Temper, who finished a neck apart in the Sweetest Chant Stakes July 5 at Arlington. Dreaming of Liz narrowly took the 1 1/16-mile contest in gate-to-wire fashion.

Trained by Steve Asmussen, Sky Mom is 2-2-1 from six starts this season, including stakes victories at Oaklawn and Sunland Park. Most recently, the Maria's Mon filly was forced five-wide in the June 27 Iowa Oaks (gr. III) at Prairie Meadows, but still closed ground on pacesetter Storm Mesa in the stretch. Under Shaun Bridgmohan, the bay filly came up a length short. Storm Mesa went on to win the July 26 San Clemente Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Del Mar and has recorded five consecutive victories.

Bred in Kentucky by Woodlyn Farm, Sky Mom is out of the Sky Classic   mare Swiftly Classic. In her 2-year-old campaign, she won the Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies Stakes at Turfway Park and was third, beaten 2 1/4 lengths by Pure Clan, in the Pocahontas Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs. The 3-1 second choice on the morning line and carrying a co-high weight of 122 pounds, Sky Mom will get the services of jockey Ramsey Zimmerman for the first time.

Lewis Lakin’s Day of Victory actually crossed the wire fourth in the Iowa Derby, but was moved up to third through disqualification. The daughter of Victory Gallop has won just once in six starts this year, that victory coming in allowance optional claiming company March 27 at Oaklawn. Trained by Bob Holthus, Day of Victory was beaten by 1 1/4 lengths two starts ago in the Panthers Stakes at Prairie Meadows. The winner of that race, Rasierra, is also part of the Arlington Oaks field.

Day of Victory drew post eight and will be ridden for the first time by Rene Douglas.

Frank Calabrese’s Dreaming of Liz has won four times on the Arlington Polytrack, including two stakes triumphs. Sandwiched between them was an off-the-board finish in the May 24 American 1000 Guineas, her turf debut. She is likely to battle with Rasierra for the early lead.

One other filly to note is Apple Martini, who enters off a three-quarters length score in the June 21 Purple Violet Stakes at Arlington, a restricted event for Illinois-breds.

$100,000 Arlington Oaks (gr. III, Race 9, 4:56 p.m.), Three-Year-Old Fillies, 1 1/8 Miles (Turf)
PP. Horse, Weight, Jockey
1. Apple Martini (IL), 122, Eduardo Perez
2. Sky Mom (KY), 122, Ramsey Zimmerman
3. Temper Temper (KY), 116, Jesse Campbell
4. Dreaming of Liz (KY), 120, Earlie Fires
5. Rasierra (KY), 118, E.T. Baird
6. Miss Mafioso (KY), 116, Christopher Emigh
7. French Kiss (KY), 116, Joe Johnson
8. Day of Victory (KY), 116, Rene Douglas



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