While impressive GII Rachel Alexandra S. winner Monomoy Girl (Tapizar) will wait for Keeneland’s GI Ashland S., the five fillies who finished directly behind her in that Feb. 17 event make up more than half of the field for Saturday’s GII Fair Grounds Oaks. Classy Act (Into Mischief) earned her diploma on the local lawn Dec. 21, then doubled up in a main-track optional claimer Jan. 19. She set the pace before completing the exacta in the Rachel Alexandra. “She’s been like the iron horse,” trainer Bret Calhoun said. “She’s had some hard races and she’s run hard. She keeps getting better and better. She just needs to learn how to turn off a little bit and she’s learning that.” Calhoun also sends out Patrona Margarita (Special Rate). The Texas-bred upended Churchill’s GII Pocahontas S. back in September but settled for fourth behind Monomoy Girl last time. ‘TDN Rising Star‘ Wonder Gadot (Medaglia d’Oro) looked like one of the early frontrunners on the GI Kentucky Oaks trail when she annexed Aqueduct’s GII Demoiselle S. by daylight in December. She was reeled in late at 6-5 in the Silverbulletday S. here Jan. 13, however, and was 3 3/4 lengths back in third in the Rachel Alexandra. There are a few new shooters worth a long look. Eskimo Kisses (To Honor and Serve) donned cap and gown forth out at Oaklawn Feb. 1, and ran up the score to 11 1/2 lengths in an optional claimer there in the slop. She earned a field-best 92 Beyer Speed Figure for that try. Chocolate Martini (Broken Vow) was claimed off of the aforementioned Calhoun for $25,000 by Tom Amoss and Double Doors Racing, and returned to the main track to annex a Feb. 18 optional claimer. She was flattered when the runner-up from that heat returned to win well.
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