Pletcher Filly Looks to Earn Black-Type Badge in FL Oaks


JousterLauren King

Starlight Racing's Jouster (Noble Mission {GB}) looks to secure her first black-type victory Saturday in the GIII Florida Oaks at Tampa. Unsuccessful in her first two attempts on dirt, the bay graduated by 8 3/4 lengths when switched to the turf going two turns at Gulfstream Jan. 10. The 'TDN Rising Star' took the field wire-to-wire next out over the same track and trip Feb. 7, earning an 84 Beyer Speed Figure, two points below her maiden-breaking figure.

It is no surprise that the biggest competition to the Todd Pletcher trainee comes from the Chad Brown barn in Domain Expertise (Kitten's Joy). Earning her diploma at third asking over this course and distance Dec. 5, the chestnut checked in third in Gulfstream's GIII Sweetest Chant S. Jan. 30 and receives Lasix for the first time here.

The undefeated Oyster Box (Tapit) looks to take her career to the next level here. A debut winner sprinting at Belmont Oct. 3, the chestnut scored a decisive win in a one-mile optional claimer at this venue Jan. 6.

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