All Good for Oaks Runners Saturday


Irad Ortiz, Jr. on Search Results congratulates John Velazquez on Malathaat | Coady Photo

The runners from Friday's GI Kentucky Oaks appeared to exit the event in good order, with winner Malathaat (Curlin) “Excellent” Saturday morning according to trainer Todd Pletcher. Pletcher later added of Shadwell's five-for-five 'TDN Rising Star': “You'd like to think with a filly like her you can be thinking Breeders' Cup. But we've got a long way to go before we get there.”

Narrow runner-up Search Results (Flater) was also no worse for wear the morning after. “We checked her out this morning and she looks fine,” conditioner Chad Brown said. “She came back good and will ride back to New York on Monday. Right now, we'll look at the [June 5 GI] Acorn and [July 24 GI] Coaching Club American Oaks; those are the two most likely things we'll discuss.”

Trainer Dallas Stewart simply said he was “Proud” of longshot third-place finisher Will's Secret (Will Take Charge), while Stonestreet/Asmussen runners Clairiere (Curlin, fourth) and Pauline's Pearl (Tapit, eighth) will get a brief freshening.

Brad Cox's two runners Travel Column (Frosted) and Coach (Commissioner) were fifth and ninth, respectively. “[Travel Column] relaxed well on the front end but just didn't have that final push to continue on,” said Cox. “I'm still not sure what ended up happening with Coach, but we'll regroup and look for more options down the road.”

GII Gulfstream Park Oaks heroine Crazy Beautiful (Liam's Map) suffered a superficial cut on her left foreleg. “She'll be fine. It won't have any impact on her,” said Greg Geier, assistant to trainer Kenny McPeek.

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