DEL MAR OAKS-GI
, $300,000, DMR, 8-18, 3yo, f,
1 1/8mT, 1:46 1/5, fm.
1--LADY OF SHAMROCK, 122, f, 3, by Scat Daddy 1st Dam: Blushing Issue, by Blushing John
2nd Dam: Gold Issue, by Key to the Mint
3rd Dam: Sea Sands, by *Sea-Bird
($35,000 RNA wlng '09 KEENOV; $80,000 yrl '10 FTKJUL; $11,000 2yo '11 FTMMAY). O-Hronis Racing LLC; B-Grovendale Sales (KY); T-John W Sadler; J-Mike E Smith; $180,000. Lifetime Record: 10-6-1-1, $645,400. *1/2 to Smooth Jazz (Storm Boot), GSW, $321,105. Werk Nick Rating: F. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
, 122, f, 3, Stormy Atlantic
--Here Comes Lucinda, by Dixieland Band. ($24,000 2yo '11 BESMAY). O-Frank L Gaunt; B-Mercedes Stable LLC (KY); T-Frank Lucarelli; $60,000.
, 122, f, 3, Include
--Biscayne Bay, by A.P. Indy. ($75,000 wlng '09 KEENOV). O-Southern Equine Stable LLC & Mike Smith; B-Overbrook Farm (KY); T-Eric J Guillot; $36,000.
Margins: HF, 2HF, HF. Odds: 1.00, 43.10, 25.70.
Also Ran: My Gi Gi, Eden's Moon, Long Face, Indigo River (Ire), Mary Fildes (Ire), Best Present Ever.
Scratches: Cozze Up Lady. Click for the brisnet.com chart, the brisnet.com PPs or the free brisnet.com catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Taylor Made Sales. Lady of Shamrock
(Scat Daddy) left no doubt as to who the best turf filly on the West Coast is after a facile last-to-first victory under Mike Smith in the GI Del Mar Oaks. It was Lady of Shamrock's fourth win in her last five starts. Winner of the China Doll S. at Santa Anita Mar. 10, she added her first graded win in the nine-furlong GIII Providencia S. Apr. 7. She was the 1-2 choice when nosed out by My Gi Gi (E Dubai) in the GII Honeymoon H. at Betfair Hollywood Park June 9, but got back on track in a big way when she slipped up the rail to annex the GI American Oaks July 14. The crowd's choice sat last as Best Present Ever (Unusual Heat) and second choice Eden's Moon (Malibu Moon) took the field through :23.67 and :47.12 fractions. Longshot Open Water swept to a narrow lead at the quarter pole, but Smith and Lady of Shamrock were just kicking into gear while widest of all, and when the dark bay leveled out at the 3/16ths pole, the outcome was never in doubt as she cruised home a confident winner. Rank outsider Stormy Lucy kept the winner honest while never threatening in second. "We got a little pace, but when you're even money and you're running from the back, it's always a little gut-wrenching," admitted trainer John Sadler. "I saw :23, :47, I was feeling good. The last time she closed into a :50 half. Very nice ride. A little wide, but when you're on the best horse you don't want to get in trouble. We thought she was the best horse, and she lived up to the billing today." Sadler said connections were considering the GI Rodeo Drive S. (formerly the Yellow Ribbon) at Santa Anita Sept. 29 or the GI Queen Elizabeth II S. at Keeneland Oct. 13. "She's very good at Santa Anita, so we'll probably be leaning on staying home," said Sadler.