A year ago, a future Horse of the Year won the Martha Washington for
3-year-old fillies at Oaklawn Park. Two years ago, the one-mile race
was a launching pad for the runner-up in the Kentucky Derby.
Whether there is another Rachel Alexandra or Eight Belles in
the Saturday renewal of the $75,000 Martha Washington remains to be
seen. But the field is a good one, and a full one, with a gate of 12.
The group includes Decelerator, winner of the Grade 3 Debutante last
summer at Churchill Downs; Shotgun Gulch, a two-time stakes winner who
is 4 for 5; and Tiz Miz Sue, the runner-up to future champion She Be
Wild in last year's Grade 3 Arlington-Washington Lassie. There's also a
Florida shipper in Funny Feeling, a serious speed horse in Cosmo Girl,
and an undefeated filly in Eve Giselle.