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2011 Bourbonette Oaks and Queen Stakes

Jockey Gabriel Saez celebrate aboard Summer Soiree after winning the Bourbonette.

Lane's End, Rushaway, & Hansel Stakes

Date: 03/26/2011

The distaff counterpart to the Vinery Spiral Stakes is the $150,000 Bourbonette Oaks (G3) for 3-year-old fillies prepping for the Kentucky Oaks. A field of 10 faced the starter in this 1 mile Polytrack test, with Summer Soiree sent off as the 3-2 favorite off a 10 length win in an allowance at Oaklawn last out. In to challenge her included 3-1 second choice Harlan's Ruby, winner of the Valdale, the local prep for this race, and 6-1 Kitten's Dancer, second in the Valdale last out after winning her debut.

Summer Soiree draws away in the stretch.

Jockey Gabriel Saez sent Summer Soiree to the front first time past the stands and saving ground on the rail, and she set fractions of 24.84, 48.42, and 1:12.66 while being pressed by 57-1 Proud House and 62-1 Readybdancing for the first half mile. On the turn, Summer Soiree pulled away from her tiring challengers, opening up by 5 at the 1/8 pole. Harlan's Ruby, who was 5th early, gave chase but was no match for Summer Soiree who finished under wraps 10 3/4 lengths in front in 1:38.75. It was another 1 1/4 lengths back to late-running 10-1 Suave Voir Faire third.

Pgm  Horse              Jockey         Win   Place  Show
 5   Summer Soiree      Saez          5.00    3.80  3.00
10   Harlan's Ruby      Ouzts                 4.00  3.40
 2   Suave Voir Faire   Alvarado                    5.20

Winning Time:  1:38.75

$2 Exacta 5-10               21.00
$2 Trifecta 5-10-2          140.20
$1 Superfecta 5-10-2-4      361.40
Results Chart

Left: Summer Soiree in the winner's circle with trainer Larry Jones on the far right and co-owner Brereton C. Jones on the far left. Her jockey Gabriel Saez said, "I can't tell you that much. She did everything on her own. She broke sharp. I took a little bit of a hold and tried to get her to relax. She was doing everything on her own. I just asked her the last 250 yards. I'm very proud of her. I think she'll go along nicely. She'll be fine. I got her to relax a little bit."

Right: Summer Soiree in the post parade.

Left: Trainer Larry Jones with Summer Soiree in the paddock. Jones said, "This filly has a nice turn of foot. These War Fronts are running really well. Once I brought her up here and let her get over the track, I knew it was the right decision to come. I'll check with Brereton (Jones) and Bret (Jones, co-owners), but we may go straight to the Kentucky Oaks off of this. She runs very well with time between starts and 41 days should be a good time."

Right: Summer Soiree takes the lead at the start.

Left: Second place finisher Harlan's Ruby at the finish. Her jockey Perry Ouzts said, "We had a great trip. We just ran into a monster. When we got toward the top of the stretch I thought I had an outside chance, but that other horse was just much the best. Overall I'm happy with the effort."

Right: Third place finisher Suave Voir Faire returns after the race. Her trainer "Speedy" Smithwick Jr. said, "I was concerned about the mile maybe being a little bit short for her. But she ran well. I wish there'd been a little bit more pace, but there was a pretty good pace, though, for here. We had her down at Fair Grounds and she got sick and missed a bit of time. She should come (forward) from this race."

Kicking off the stakes action on Saturday afternoon was the $50,000 Queen Stakes for older fillies and mares sprinting 6 furlongs. 6-5 favorite Midst battled for the lead with 32-1 Snowscape down the backstretch through 1/4 in 22.71 and 1/2 in 45.80, with 20-1 Sweet Gladys stalking them third. Entering the stretch, Sweet Gladys came out 5 wide to pass the tiring pacesetters to win going away by 2 1/2 lengths over late-running 9-5 second choice Hyperlink in 1:10.84. It was a head back to 3-1 third choice Happy Week third and a neck back to favorite Midst fourth.
Results Chart

Left: Sweet Gladys in the winner's circle. Her trainer William Denzik Jr. said, "Her gate issues led us to do things a little different. In her previous races, even when she was running at a cheaper level, she was really game and she's always been like that. So we didn't have any problems, but it's still pretty surprising." Jockey James Lopez added, "Mr. Denzik told me she's been breaking a little slow lately but he said if she does, don't worry about it-just ride your race. She ran a powerful race. I had her where I wanted her. When I pushed the button she really responded."

Right: Second place finisher Hyperlink at the finish. Her jockey Alan Garcia said, "My filly stumbled out of the gate but in the end she came flying. I think the track is pretty fair, pretty loose."

On to the Vinery Spiral Stakes, the Rushaway, and the Hansel Stakes

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