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2012 Kentucky Oaks Undercard Stakes Results

Date: 05/04/2012

Kentucky Oaks Day on Friday usually draws the second largest attendance of any raceday in North America, second only to the Kentucky Derby run the very next day. Five graded stakes races were contested over the fast main track and firm turf course on the Oaks undercard. Most of the day was sunny with occasional clouds and temperatures in the mid-80's, but shortly after 4pm a thunderstorm came through and caused nearly a one hour delay and evacuation of the infield.

Get the Oaks results and photos here.

Juanita wins the La Troienne Stakes (G2)
Kicking off the stakes action on Oaks day is the $300,000 La Troienne Stakes (G2) for older fillies and mares going 1 1/16 miles on the main track. Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) winner Plum Pretty was sent off as the 2-5 favorite in the field of 7 over 6-1 St. John's River and 7-1 Absinthe Minded. Jockey Rafael Bejarano sent Plum Pretty to the lead and she set fractions of 24.39, 48.36, and 1:11.74 while stalked by 16-1 Juanita a length back. Entering the stretch, Juanita moved up and took the lead to win by 2 lengths over late-running St. John's River in 1:42.82. It was another length back to favorite Plum Pretty third.

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Left: Juanita circles before going to the winner's circle. Jockey Ramon Dominguez said, "The favorite went to the lead and I was happy to sit right next to her. When we got to the half-mile pole I was feeling pretty good just by looking at Plum Pretty and seeing that she was already being encouraged a little bit. At that point I felt like I had more horse than her, just visually, looking at her and how mine felt."

Right: Juanita heads back to the barn.

Contested wins the Eight Belles Stakes (G3)
The $100,000 Eight Belles Stakes (G3) featured a field of 8 three-year-old fillies sprinting 7 furlongs on the main track. Contested, winner of her last two starts both at Santa Anita, was sent off as the 11-10 favorite in her stakes debut, over 3-1 Good Deed and 9-2 Small Kitchen. Jockey Corey Lanerie sent Good Deed to the front exiting the chute and she set fractions of 22.13 and 44.37 while stalked by Contested. At the 3/16 pole Contested easily ran past the pacesetter, and drew off to win by 4 3/4 lengths in 1:21.29. It was another 6 1/4 lengths from Good Deed to late-running 21-1 Always Here Too third.

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Left: Contested in the winner's circle. She set a new stakes record of 1:21.19. The previous stakes record was established by Roxelana (1:21.97) in 2000.

Right: Martin Garcia celebrates aboard Contested. Garcia said, "I knew I had a lot speed with my horse, and I was in perfect position. I was on the outside and that gave me a lot of big chances to do good things when I asked her run. That's what she did. I asked her and she really ran away from them."

Stephanie's Kitten wins the Edgewood Stakes
The $100,000 Edgewood Stakes featured a field of 12 three-year-old fillies going 1 1/16 miles on the turf. Breeders' Cup Juvenile Filies Turf (G1) winner Stephanie's Kitten was sent off as the even-money favorite over 9-2 Dame Marie and 8-1 Run a Risk. 13-1 Welcome Dance set early fractions of 23.81, 47.36, and 1:11.10 while stalked by 23-1 June Cleaver. On the far turn, Stephanie's Kitten came through to take over the lead, and drew off to win by 2 lengths over late-running 27-1 Firehouse Red in a stakes record time of 1:40.94. It was another 1 3/4 lengths back to pacesetter Welcome Dance third.

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Left: Stephanie's Kitten in the winner's circle with owner Ken Ramsey.

Right: Stephanie's Kitten is paraded after her win. Trainer Wayne Catalano said, ďThatís (Royal Ascot) been the plan the whole time. So far itís been working for us. When you are the favorite, you always expect to run good but it doesn't always happen. We thought she was going to run well today and she came into the race just as you want one to do."

Successful Dan wins the Alysheba Stakes (G3)
The $300,000 Alysheba Stakes (G3) featured older horses going 1 1/16 miles on the main track. Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2) winner Mucho Macho Man was sent off as the 8-5 favorite in the field of 8 over 5-2 Nates Mineshaft and 4-1 Successful Dan. 33-1 longest shot Plutonium led for the first 5/8 through fractions of 23.47 and 47.02 before 5-1 Fort Lamed took over on the turn through 3/4 in 1:10.46. Successful Fan, 6th early, closed late to win by a length in a new track record 1:41.04. It was a long 6 lengths back to favorite Mucho Macho Man third.

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Left: Successful Dan in the winner's circle. Successful Dan ran the 1 1/16 miles on a fast main track in 1:41.04 to break the track record of 1:41.27 established by Brass Hat on July 8, 2007 and shattered the stakes record of 1:42.32 established by Limehouse in 2005.

Right: Successful Dan returns after the race. Jockey Julien Leparoux said, "This is one of the best horses I've ridden so far in my career [seven wins and a second in eight rides]. He's a beautiful horse and he has a great kick. I got him in a good place early and he relaxed really nice. When I asked him to run he gave me a great run down the stretch."

Silver Max wins the American Turf (G2)
The $200,000 American Turf Stakes (G2) featured a field of thirteen 3-year-olds going 1 1/16 miles on the turf. Gung Ho, third in the Blue Grass (G1) last out, was sent off as the 7-2 favorite over 4-1 Howe Great and 5-1 Silver Max. Jockey Rafael Bejarano sent Silver Max to the lead first time past the stands and he set fractions of 23.12, 46.60, and 1:10.69 while stalked by 10-1 Blueskiesnrainbows. Entering the lane, Silver Max opened up a 3 length lead and finished 2 3/4 lengths in front of 24-1 Travel Advisory in 1:41.10. It was another 3/4 length back to Howe Great third, while favorite Gung Ho checked in 7th beaten 6 1/2 lengths.

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Left: Silver Max in the winner's circle. Jockey Rafael Bejarano said, "My horse was much the best in the race. He got to the lead pretty easy and he showed me a really big kick in the stretch." On the delay: "I wasn't concerned about the rain on the course. I know he has run on an off turf course in the past so I wasn't worried about it."

Right: Silver Max circles before going to the winner's circle. Trainer Dale Romans said, "Every once in a while you get those horses that can do it consistently win on the front end over the turf), and I can two of them - Little Mike and him - and they just seem to get stronger as the race goes on. It is a rare quality."

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