TDN Kentucky Oaks Contenders

Donna Veloce

2) DONNA VELOCE (f, Uncle Mo–Coin Broker {Ire}, by Montjeu {Ire})
‘TDN Rising Star’ O-Kaleem Shah, Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith. B-Coin Broker Syndicate (Ky). T-Simon Callaghan. Sales History: $450,000 yrl ’18 KEESEP; $800,000 2yo ’19 FTFMAR. Lifetime Record: GSW & MGISP, 4-2-2-0, $490,000.
Last Start: 1st GIII Santa Ysabel S., SA, Mar. 8
Accomplishments Include: 2nd GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, 2nd GI Starlet S.
Next Start: GII Santa Anita Oaks, SA, Apr. 4
Equineline PPs. KY Oaks Points: 62.

She’s no longer the one who couldn’t quite get over the hump. After finishing a close second in both the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies and the GI Starlet S., the $800,000 purchase at the 2019 Fasig-Tipton Florida Select 2-Year-Old Sale romped in her 3-year-old debut in the GIII Santa Ysabel S. While the Santa Ysabel did not have nearly the quality and depth that the Juvenile Fillies had, Donna Veloce was able to make a statement with a decisive victory. She overcame a stumble at the start on her way to a 4 1/4-length win. “I thought it was a perfect race,” trainer Simon Callaghan said. Jockey Flavien Prat will have a tough decision on his hands as he is the regular rider of both Donna Veloce and Venetian Harbor, who is third in the TDN‘s Oaks Top 10.