Crazy Beautiful Favored in Delaware Oaks


Crazy Beautiful | Benoit

Phoenix Thoroughbreds' Crazy Beautiful (Liam's Map) is the 6-5 morning-line favorite while facing eight rivals in the 1 1/16-mile GIII Delaware Oaks at Delaware Park Saturday. The gray filly, tabbed a 'TDN Rising Star' following a win in the Runhappy Debutante S., was second in last year's GIII Pocahontas S. and GI Darley Alcibiades S. and began 2021 with a runner-up effort in the GII Davona Dale S. before claiming her first graded victory in the Mar. 27 GII Gulfstream Park Oaks. A troubled 10th in the Apr. 30 GI Kentucky Oaks, she rebounded with a win in the 1 1/16-mile GII Summer Oaks at Santa Anita last time out May 30. Mike Smith, who was aboard for the first time in the Summertime Oaks, takes the return call Saturday.

The lightly raced Midnight Obsession (Overanalyze), making just her fourth trip to the post, is the 4-1 second choice in the Oaks. She bested fellow Pennsylvania-breds by 5 1/4 lengths in her seven-furlong unveiling at Parx Mar. 2 and came back with a one-length tally going 1 1/16 miles at Belmont Apr. 25. She suffered her first loss when second in the off-turf Lyphard S. at Penn National May 28.

On that same rained-off Penn National card, Orbs Baby Girl (Orb) scored the first stakes win of her career with a front-running 5 1/4-length victory in the one-mile Penn Oaks. She is 15-1 on the Delaware Oaks morning line.

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