West Omaha Adds To Oaks Points With Silverbulletday Win

West Omaha | Hodges Photography

Fresh off a second-place performance over course and distance in the Untapable S. Dec. 23, West Omaha managed to do one better and pick up an additional 20 points on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks Saturday with her win in the Silverbulletday S. With a total of 30 points, the homebred daughter of Gary and Mary West's young stallion West Coast now sits second behind GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Just F Y I (Justify) on the 2024 Oaks leaderboard.

Never favored in any of her three prior starts, West Omaha finally earned the nod Saturday, breaking at 4-5 from the middle of the gate under Luis Saez. Despite lunging to the inside in her opening stride, the favorite quickly had her feet under her and was part of the speed into the first turn. Sitting just off pacesetters Accommodate Eva (Munnings) and Miss Code West (Code West), she tracked that pair while two wide up the backstretch through a half in :48.84. Given the cue from Saez midway around the turn, West Omaha responded readily and was up to challenge three wide as the top group swung into the stretch. With plenty of clear running room ahead of her into the final furlong, she kicked clear for home, leaving Perfect Shot to chase her to the wire while staying well clear for the win.

From the extended family of GI Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile winner and late sire Tapizar (Tapit), West Omaha is the fourth stakes winner for Lane's End-based stallion West Coast and the third winner from as many to run for her dam. Birthday Bash has a 2-year-old Bernardini filly in the pipeline and produced a filly by Lookin At Lucky last year. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by FanDuel TV.

SILVERBULLETDAY S. PRESENTED BY FASIG-TIPTON, $145,500, Fair Grounds, 1-20, 3yo, f, 1m 70y, 1:43.48, ft.
1–WEST OMAHA, 122, f, 3, by West Coast
                1st Dam: Birthday Bash, by Medaglia d'Oro
                2nd Dam: Twisted Tale, by Tale of the Cat
                3rd Dam: Call Now, by Wild Again
1ST BLACK TYPE WIN. O/B-Gary & Mary West Stables Inc. (KY);
T-Brad H. Cox; J-Luis Saez. $90,000. Lifetime Record: 4-2-2-0,
2–Perfect Shot, 122, f, 3, Gun Runner–Meister Legend, by
Bodemeister. ($135,000 Ylg '22 KEEJAN; $285,000 Ylg '22
FTSAUG). 1ST BLACK TYPE. O-Whisper Hill Farm, LLC; B-Sierra
Farm (KY); T-Steven M. Asmussen. $30,000.
3–Sistina Chapel, 122, f, 3, Liam's Map–Addae Do Jaguarete
(Brz), by Crimson Tide (Ire). O/B-Brownwood Farm (KY);
T-Kenneth G. McPeek. $15,000.
Margins: 5, 1HF, HD. Odds: 0.90, 2.00, 8.60.
Also Ran: Miss Code West, Accommodate Eva, Noriskit Nobiscuit. Scratched: Ma Rae's Girl, Play Good Pay Good.

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