Oaklawn Park looks like they’re cobbling together another great GI field with some top name older F/M’s for Friday’s $600,000, GI Apple Blossom Hcp, for the older gals, at 1 1/16 mile over the Oaklawn main, as a prelude to its big blowout weekend of graded stakes action this Saturday which includes the GI Arkansas Derby as the 2014 racing season’s Grand Finale here.
The 2014 edition Probables are,
Close Hatches, is a multiple GI winner, 2nd in the B/C Ladies Classic last fall and won the GII Azeri here back on Mar. 15th in a wire to wire score in her first out of 2014!
Dreaming of Julia, has been out of racing since coming 2nd to Close Hatches in the GI Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont last June. She’s a multiple graded winner too who is always in the thick of it in all her starts!
On Fire Baby, is the defending champion back to defend her title, always in some sort of money spot at the end and is a local favor here! She was 4th last out in that same GII Azeri here last month.
Teen Pauline, winner of 3 straight stakes over the Aqueduct inner track this winter including the GII Top Flight Stakes last out. All 3 wins were wire to wire scores too!
Stanwyck, winner of the GIII Turnback Alarm Stakes at Belmont last fall before moving on to sunny southern California to run for the Zenyatta connections of John Sherriffs and the Mosses this past winter. She was 2nd in the Paseana Stakes and 3rd twice in the GII Santa Maria and GI Santa Margarita.
Pearl Turn, winner of a 2nd level Alw here last out with a very nice stalking trip, splitting horses then drawing clear to win by 5 lengths!