“6” top older F/Ms to clash in GII Fleur de Lis Hcp – Post Positions, Picks, M/L Odds, Free Past Performances

On Fire Baby - wiring today's GI Apple Blossom Hcp at Oaklawn Park!
On Fire Baby – wiring the 2013 GI Apple Blossom Hcp at Oaklawn Park!

Churchill Downs has drawn a solid field of 6 top older F/M’s for this Saturday evening’s $200,000, GII Fleur de Lis Hcp., for 4yo and up F/M’s, at 1 1/8 mile over the Churchill Downs main track!

Free Past Performances,

On Fire Baby, was the clear winner of the GII La Troienne here last out winning by 2 3/4 lengths! Multiple graded winner here

Fiftyshadesofhay , winner of the GII Ruffian Stakes last out by 3/4 length covering the Mile distance in 1:35.3. Always seem to be in the mix at end too!

Flashy American, is a last out winner of the GIII Sixty Sails Hcp. at Arlington to a 3/4 length win in 1:50.1 for that 1 1/8 mile test. Stalks and pounces went she win!

Molly Morgan, was a solid 2nd in that same GII La Troienne here last out and is not an early speed horse!

Ondine, 5th in the GII Santa Maria Stakes out at Santa Anita last time failed to fire at all in that race. Like being in the early mix or stalking!

Frivolous , 2nd in the Arlington Matron on May 24th but was 6 1/4 lengths off the winner. likes to stalk the pace to pick up a piece!

Post Time” – for Race #7, – 9:05 pm EDT!

PP. Horse Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L Odds
1. Ondine S Bridgmohan 116 B H Cox 6/1
2. Molly Morgan C J Lanerie 116 D L Romans 6/1
3. Frivolous J Graham 114 V H Oliver 20/1
4. On Fire Baby J M Johnson 122 G G Hartlage 8/5
5. Fiftyshadesofhay J R Velazquez 121 B Baffert 9/5
6. Flashy American J R Leparoux 119 K G McPeek 7/2

Picks are – 2,4,5,6 exacta box with the 1 or 3 at the back-end of a dime super!

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Close Hatches goes coast to coast in GI Apple Blossom Hcp – Results and Replay

Close Hatches - running off with the 2014 GI Apple Blossom Hcp win at Oaklawn Park!
Close Hatches – running off with the 2014 GI Apple Blossom Hcp win at Oaklawn Park!

Close Hatch, made the lead by the first call and never looked back again to go on and win the $600,000, GI Apple Blossom Hcp, at 1 1/16-mile, for 4yo and up f/m’s over a fast Oaklawn main track today by 1 1/4 length over hometown favorite On Fire Baby.

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Stanwyck, finished 3rd back another 3/4 of a length with Let Faith Arise and then Rose to Gold, filling out the remainder of this 5 horse field!

Race Replay

Payouts and Winning Time

 Age Restriction: Four Year Old and Upward
  Sex Restriction: Fillies and Mares
  Purse: $600,000
  Distance: One And One Sixteenth Miles On The Dirt
  Track Condition: Fast
  Winning Time: 1:42.75
Pgm# Horse Jockey Win Place Show
1. Close Hatches Joel Rosario 3.40 2.40 2.10
4. On Fire Baby Joe M. Johnson   3.20 2.60
3. Stanwyck Gary L. Stevens     3.00
Also ran were: 5. – Let Faith Arise , 2. – Rose to Gold

Royal Delta draws Post #2 in Sunday GI Personal Ensign Stakes – Post Positions, Picks, M/L Odds, Free Past Performances

Royal Delta - taking down today's GI DelCap at Delaware Park
Royal Delta – laying to waste the entire field in the GI DelCap at Delaware Park last out

2013 Breeders' Cup logoRoyal Delta, at 2/5, is the easy, no sweat winner of the GI DelCap last out at Del Park, will actually be cutting back in distance to 1 1/8 mile over the Saratoga main this Sunday in the $600,000, GI Personal Ensign Stakes, for 3yo and up Fillies and Mares.

Free Past Performances,

This contest will also offer the winner a free pass into this year’s Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic again, out at Santa Anita Park on the first Friday in Nov.

Authenticity, at 7/2, returned to her winning form last out here in the GIII Shuvee Stakes over just “good” going in a sluggish 1:52.1. She also won the GII La Troienne at Churchill 3 back and in between she finish 2nd to Tiz Miz Sue in the GI Ogden Philips so she is in top form right now and looks to be the main competition for Royal Delta here this Sunday.

On Fire Baby , at 5/1, is the winner of the GI Apple Blossom at Oaklawn this spring then finished just a “head’ behind Authenticity in the final jump of that same GII La Troienne last out.

She does have good early speed so look her to set the pace here on Sunday than try and hold off Authenticity and Royal Delta for the win.

Open Water, at 20/1, with a mixed bag of dirt, turf and poly starts in graded and non – graded company too offers a graded win on her resume this year but since then has faltered badly in her next 3 starts.

Centring, at 12/1, who was a good 3rd in the GI Ogden Phillips Hcp 2 back at Belmont came a distant 4th to Royal Delta, last out in that same GI Del Cap!

So, just 5 are coming out for maybe the best field of older gals yet assembled against Royal Delta this season in what looks to be a more competitive field for the 2012 Older Female HOY in the GI Personal Ensign Stakes this Sunday at Saratoga!

Post Time – 5:50 pm ET

PP. Horse Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L Odds
1. On Fire Baby J M Johnson 118 G G Hartlage 5/1
2. Royal Delta M E Smith 124 W I Mott 2/5
3. Open Water J L Ortiz 115 E J Guillot 20/1
4. Centring J Castellano 114 T Albertrani 12/1
5. Authenticity J R Velazquez 118 T A Pletcher 7/2

Pick are – 1,2,5 exacta box, 3 or 4 added to the backend of a 50 cent trifecta!

Royal Delta to defend GII Fluer De Lis Handicap title this Saturday – Probables and Free Past Performances

Royal Delta - wins her 2013 debut in the GIII Sabin Stakes at Gulfstream Park!
Royal Delta – winning her 2013 debut in the GIII Sabin Stakes at Gulfstream Park!

2012 Older Female HOY, Royal Delta, returns to North American racing this Saturday after another long Dubai World Cup induced layoff to defend her 2012 GII Fluer De Lis Handicap title over the Churchill Downs main, going 1 1/8 mile, for a purse of $175,000.

Free Past Performances,

On Fire Baby, winner of the GI Apple Blossom at Oaklawn earlier this spring, finish a very close 2nd here to Authenticity in the Churchill slop on Derby Day in the GII La Troienne last out and will be major competition for Royal Delta here on Saturday!

Ice Cream Silence, winner of the GIII Doubledogdare Stakes at Keeneland 2-back, then finished a disappointing 7th in the GIII Mathron at Arlington Park last out.

Wine Princess, winner of the GIII Monmouth Oaks last year then closed out 2012 with a solid 2nd to Grace Hall in the GII Indiana Oaks. She opened her 2013 campaign with an $80k Aoc win here at Churchill on Apr. 27th by 7 lengths running a mile in 1:35.4!

She’s All In, ran in all of the Oaklawn Park Older Fillies and Mares tussles earlier this year with only very modest success, will test the Churchill main for the first time here on Saturday!

Funny Proposition, winner of a $62.5k 2/x Aoc here at Churchill last out as she covered a 1-turn mile in a very sharp 1:34. 3. She has had all her alw level winning done over this strip however and will be taking a big jump up in class against what’s considered some of the very best in the Older F/M division here on Saturday!

Other top F/M’s are on this year’s nomination’s sheet so we wouldn’t be surprised to see a few more top Older F/M’s in the Churchill gates for this GII ladies tilt!