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Check The Label Faces Nine in Virginia Oaks

A field of ten three year old fillies drew in to the $150,000 Virginia Oaks (Gr. III) to be run on Saturday, July 17 at Colonial Downs.

 

Check the Label, a three year old Stormin’ Fever filly trained by Graham Motion, looks to be tough competition breaking from the eighth post. With nearly $255,000 to her resume, Check the Label finished on the board in the Caressing Handicap, Sweetest Chant, and Coconut Grove Stakes. Most recently, she took the Grade III Appalachian before winning the Grade II Sands Point at Belmont by 1 ½ lengths. The filly has been on the board in seven of eleven starts.

 

Breaking from the inside post with Kent Desormeaux up is Jungle Tale, a Jonathan Sheppard-trained Lion Heart filly who has finished off the board twice in seven starts and has earned over $100,000 lifetime. After breaking her maiden on third asking, Jungle Tale went on to run second in the Grade III Natalma Stakes at Woodbine and fifth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. Most recently, she has finished third in two allowance tries at Churchill Downs.

 

Martita Sangrita, a Johar filly owned by Lael Stables and trained by Michael Matz, will break from the second post. The filly ran sixth in her first stakes try, the Caressing Handicap, after breaking her maiden and again ran sixth in the Coconut Grove Stakes at Gulfstream Park. She most recently won an allowance race prior to running fourth in the Grade III Boiling Springs Stakes at Monmouth. Martita Sangrita, who has earned over $70,000 lifetime, will be ridden by Javier Castellano.

 

Midway Holiday, who will break from the third post with Victor Lebron up, has earned nearly $100,000 in just five lifetime starts. After breaking her maiden and winning an allowance, the three year old Harlan’s Holiday filly ran fifth in the Mardi Gras Stakes before running third in the Grade III Bourbonette Oaks at Turfway. Most recently, she won an allowance at Churchill Downs in mid-June by 4 ¾ lengths.

 

With over $130,000 earnings, the Kelly Breen-trained In the Rough also adds competition to the field. After breaking her maiden, the Stormy Atlantic filly found her next win in the Coconut Grove Stakes before running a disappointing seventh in the Grade III Herecomesthebride Stakes. In the Rough has since finished fourth in the Boynton Beach and second in the Little Silver Stakes before running ninth in the Grade III Boiling Springs at Belmont. Chris DeCarlo will have the mount.

 

Rounding out the ten-horse field are Another Smokey, Kilmore Quay, Frances Gardner, Distorted Promise, and Morekissesforpatti. The $150,000 Virginia Derby is the eleventh race on Saturday’s stakes-filled card, and will go to post at 5:20 PM.

 

 

 

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