Juddmonte Farms' Emollient (f, 3, Empire Maker--Soothing Touch, by Touch Gold) sported a good/not-so-good pattern entering Saturday's GI American Oaks, her first try on turf. Very, very good when overcoming a wide alley to score by nine lengths in the GI Ashland S. over the Keeneland Polytrack Apr. 6, she was clearly not on her game just before that effort when fifth, beaten 30 lengths, in the GII Gulfstream Park Oaks Mar. 30 and when a distant sixth as the 4-5 chalk in the GII Black-Eyed Susan S. at Pimlico May 17. Surmising that she'd handle this surface switch similar to the way she took to the synthetics, trainer Bill Mott decided on this cross-continental ship and it proved a shrewd move. Settled in fourth early on as Sarach (Arch) dictated a methodical pace from the inside, Emollient took her cue from Mike Smith and bowled forward while three deep on the backstretch to engage Sarach for the lead. She pressed past that one on the turn and, although Emotional Kitten (Kitten's Joy) looked dangerous for a stride or two late, eased home a fairly convincing winner. Lifetime Record: 8-4-2-0, $656,900. O/B-Juddmonte Farms Inc (KY). T-William I Mott.
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