Oaklawn leading trainer Steve Asmussen holds a strong hand in
Saturday’s $100,000 Martha Washington Stakes
with 3-1 morning line favorite Euphrosyne and Dixie Belle Stakes winner
Street Story as he seeks his second straight win in the one-mile for
3-year-old fillies. Last year, he won the race with Sister Ginger.
Photo: Oaklawn Park
jumps into stakes company for the first time after an impressive 6
3/4-length maiden win at Fair Grounds Jan. 11 going a mile and 70 yards.
Her stablemate, Street Story, will
be testing two turns for the first time after winning the six-furlong
Dixie Belle. The front-running Euphrosyne drew post position one of 10,
while Street Story drew post seven.
got talent,” Asmussen said of Euphrosyne. “The one hole is not the
worst thing in the world going a mile at Oaklawn. Street Story is
talented too and the mile is the next step for
Mark Casse, who has a string at Oaklawn for the first time, is hoping
Cheerful Contender can give him his first stakes win after third-place
finishes in the Fifth Season and Smarty
Jones Stakes. The Strong Contender filly makes her 3-year-old debut
after ending her juvenile campaign by winning her maiden race by six
lengths Nov. 30 at Woodbine.
had numerous works over the track,” Casse said. “She is bred from top
to bottom for the dirt and has trained well over it. She broke her
maiden gate to wire, but I’d like to see
her take a stalking position on Saturday.”
Josie Carroll, who like Casse is a Woodbine mainstay with a string at
Oaklawn for the first time, hopes that her recent maiden winner Aragorn
Ami can make the step up into stakes
been happy here from the start,” Carroll said. “There are some nice
horses in the field, and we think she’s one of them and think she
deserves a chance.”
complete field for the Martha Washington Stakes in post position order
with riders and morning line odds: Euphrosyne, Channing Hill, 3-1;
Racing Holiday, Alex Canchari, 15-1; Xray
Vision, Ramon Vazquez, 10-1; Kiss Moon, Terry Thompson, 4-1; Ireland,
Israel Ocampo, 4-1; Aragorn Ami, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 15-1; Street
Story, Ricardo Santana Jr., 9-2; Cheerful Contender, Eurico Da Silva,
6-1; Cow Catcher, Chris Emigh, 20-1, and Redgrass
Cat, Jareth Loveberry, 15-1.
The Martha Washington is the featured eighth of nine live races Saturday at 4:38 p.m. First post is 1 p.m.
Gorder Weighing Options with 3-Year-Olds
Kellyn Gorder has had two wins this meet and both have come with good
looking 3-year-olds breaking their maidens. Now, the question is where
Bourbonize and Red River Rising will
Lane Stable’s Bourbonize, a winner opening day Jan. 10, moved forward
to his next start, which will likely be the $300,000 Southwest Stakes
Feb. 17, with a five-furlong workout
Friday in 1:02 3/5.
breezed 5/8ths today in company with another three-year-old,” Gorder
said by phone. “His name is Texas Two Step. He’ll make his debut in a
week or two and we’re really excited about
him. I like the way Bourbonize’s progressed since his last race.”
WinStar Farm’s Red River Rising outran his 10-1 odds to get his first career win in his third start Jan. 30.
waited a long time for the right two turn race,” Gorder said. “He’s
taken a while to mature physically and mentally. We’ll see how he comes
out of this race and discuss future races
with (WinStar President) Elliott (Walden).”