Photo: Eclipse Sportswire - Steve Queen
1. Unbridled Forever (Unbridled’s Song - Lemons Forever, by Lemon Drop Kid) Dallas Stewart – Remains #1 on my list after living up to the potential I saw in her maiden, with a smart score in the Silverbulletday Stakes.
2. Bird Maker (Empire Maker - Bird Harbor, by Boston Harbor) Ian Wilkes – I am expecting big improvement for one of my top dark horses for the 2014 Kentucky Oaks. She will make her seasonal debut if an optional claimer comes off the turf tomorrow at Gulfstream Park.
3. Sweet Reason (Street Sense - Livermore Leslie, by Mt. Livermore) Leah Gyarmati - The daughter of a Derby winner was a consistent late runner in big spots as a juvenile, I am looking for more of the same this year. She is currently working well at the Belmont training track.
4. She’s A Tiger (Tale of the Cat - Shandra Smiles, by Cahill Road) Jeff Bonde – A deserving winner of the Juvenile Fillies Eclipse Award, this one is both fast and tough. I consider her a good bet to set the early in the Oaks.
5. Ria Antonia (Rockport Harbor - Beer Baroness, by Mr. Greeley) Jeremiah Engelhart - Whether she is going to run against colts of fillies, this filly, that started her career in Canada, proved something out in the middle of the track at Santa Anita. It will be interesting to see her path in 2014.
6. Rosalind (Broken Vow - Critics Acclaim, by Theatrical) Ken McPeek – If She’s A Tiger is sure to be winging on the lead, this is one that figures to be picking up the pieces late. The BC Juvenile Fillies third has resumed training at Gulfstream Park.
7. Streaming (Smart Strike - Teeming, by Storm Cat) Bob Baffert – Perfect in two starts including a brave Grade 1 victory in the Hollywood Starlet. She’ll be the one to beat in hopes of adding another one in the Las Virgenes.
8. Got Lucky (A.P. Indy - Malka, by Deputy Minister) Todd Pletcher - The talented filly finally broke her maiden yesterday at Gulfstream. The time was unimpressive, but nonetheless she rolled late on a wet track and slow pace. Look for further improvement.
9. Taris (Flatter - Comedy, by Theatrical) Todd Beattie - Another one not quite on the national radar, you can read more about this one’s impressive win at Laurel Park here.
10. Vexed (Arch - Cross, by Mighty) Al Stall Jr. – Golden Rod winner for historic Claiborne Farm has the breeding for the Oaks, and we already know that she likes the track. She has not yet turned up on the worktab in 2014.
11. Artemis Agrotera (Roman Ruler - Indy Glory, by A.P. Indy) Michael Hushion – A very talented New York-bred, she was not quite up to the cross country challenge of the Breeders’ Cup. Still, her talent is hard to deny. Another who has not yet worked out in the new year.
12. Stopchargingmaria (Tale of the Cat – Exotic Bloom, by Montbrook) Todd Pletcher – I’m not sure if she can beat the very best, but she is one of the few multiple graded stakes winners of the division. Her Demoiselle. victory demonstrated that she is tough and can go the distance.
13. Dame Dorothy (Bernardini - Vole Vole Monamour, by Woodman) Todd Pletcher – The good looking debut winner, hopes to emulate Princess of Sylmar as a Todd Pletcher trained, Pennsylvania bred to win the Oaks. She’s cross entered at Gulfstream and Tampa Bay this weekend.
14. Onlyforyou (Malibu Moon - Erhu, by Tactical Cat) Todd Pletcher – Undefeated in three starts; if she can stretch out as successively as she has been sprinting, she can be yet another Kentucky Oaks contender for her ubiquitous trainer.
15. Artemis (Empire Maker - Jelani by Smarty Jones) Jerry Hollendorfer – Last out maiden win was not easy, but the top two were way clear of rest. The daughter of a Belmont winner could be primed for a big effort in the Grade 1 Las Virgenes.
16. Comme Chez Soi (Empire Maker - Downthedustyroad, by Storm And A Half) Michael Matz – After a nice win in Maryland, she gave the more experienced Penwith all she can handle in a recent allowance race. Cross entered as the same two races as Dame Dorothy this weekend.
17. Jojo Warrior (Pioneerof The Nile - Carson Jen, by Carson City) Bob Baffert – Still eagerly waiting for this impressive debut winner for Zayat and Baffert last September at Del Mar to return. She’s due to work any day now.
18. Penwith (Bernardini - Composure, by Touch Gold) Kiaran McLaughlin – She’s yet to have a breakout performance, but on the other hand, she has proved more than game in her last three starts. Look for her to be in a stakes race next out.
19. My Conquestadory (Artie Schiller - Golden Artemis, by Malibu Moon) Mark Casse – No workouts yet this year, nor has she ever run on dirt, but I wouldn’t put being a serious Kentucky Oaks contender past the filly that turned so many heads on both grass and Polytrack last year.
20. Taste Like Candy (Candy Ride - My Success, by A. P. Indy) Jerry Hollendorfer – Second in both the Hollywood Starlet, and the Santa Ynez, can she break through in the Las Virgenes?
21. Kiss Moon (Malibu Moon - Kiss the Devil, by Kris S.) David Vance – Undefeated filly is bred to run long and looked good last time at Oaklawn Park. She will get her first taste of stakes racing in Saturday’s Martha Washington.
22. Fascinating (Smart Strike - Untouched Talent, by Storm Cat) Bob Baffert – Regally bred filly looked the part of a good one when knocking heads with She’s A Tiger last fall. Bodemeister’s little half sister has not had a workout in some time now, though.
23. Arethusa (A. P. Indy - Miss Coronado, by Coronado's Quest) Eoin Harty – Could not duplicate her Sharp Cat romp in the Hollywood Starlet, although her trip was not the best. Gets another chance in the Las Virgenes.
24. Untapable (Tapit - Fun House, by Prized) Steve Asmussen – Pocahontas winner, and Hollywood Starlet third has begun working again at Fair Grounds.
25. Divine Beauty (Divine Park - Ghazo, by Ghazi) Larry Jones – Nice Jones & Jones filly tried my top one, but proved no match. She deserves another shot against good ones.
26. Sweet Whiskey (Old Fashioned - Baby Betty, by El Corredor) Todd Pletcher – Another from the powerful Pletcher armada, this one had a few chances last year, but came back with a smart score in the six furlong Old Hat.
27. Cassatt (Tapit - Justenufftime, by Giant's Causeway) Larry Jones – Good looking Fox Hill filly broke her maiden nicely at Fair Grounds on January 9. Rachel Alexandra Stakes should be next.
28. Street Story (Street Cry - Perfect Story, by Tale of the Cat) Steve Asmussen – After failing against Divine Beauty, she came back to get up in the Dixie Belle. Stretch out in the Martha Washington could be what she has been waiting for.
29. Fashion Plate (Old Fashioned - Miss Puzzle, by Citidancer) Simon Callaghan – Fast winner of a maiden sprint last time, she steps up in both class and distance in Saturday’s Las Virgenes.
30. Ireland (Afleet Alex - Classy Mirage, by Storm Bird) D. Wayne Lukas – Bred to be a good one, she finally woke up in her sixth start with a big maiden win in Arkansas. Let’s see if she can build upon that in the Martha Washington.