Lucky Rag Doll will make her fifth career start for
trainer Pat McBurney in Saturday’s Grade 3 $100,000 Monmouth Oaks, her
first try against stakes company.
Lucky Rag Doll rides a two race win streak into Saturday’s Monmouth Oaks, the Oldest Oaks in
North America. The first of her
current streak came on July 5, when sprinting six furlongs in a maiden
special weight event winning by 6 ¼ lengths. In her next outing on July
19, she traveled a mile and 70 yards in an optional
claiming race, rallying in the stretch after being blocked rounding the
far turn and claiming victory by three quarters of a length. She and a
field of seven other 3-year-old fillies will travel a mile and a
sixteenth on the dirt in the Monmouth Oaks, the
farthest distance to date for Lucky Rag Doll.
sprint race (July 5) was a big strong race and a big step forward,”
said McBurney. “We thought she might regress last time but (jockey) Joe
Bravo all along was saying ‘she’s got to go a mile,’ and if you see her
she’s a big, leggy filly and she looks like she would appreciate the
distance. Even though she had a troubled trip she reacted off of her big
maiden win and ran a nice race.”
A daughter of Silver Train out of Here Comes Chelsie, Lucky Rag Doll will again be ridden by 13-time
Park leading jockey Joe Bravo, who has been
aboard for each of the filly’s four career races. He has ridden her
successfully thus far, finishing in the money in every race, and
McBurney says that he will trust the veteran jockey
again with Saturday’s race strategy.
broke and got squeezed leaving the gate last time so you’d hope that
she’ll be a little closer to the pace,” McBurney said, “but we’re going
to just leave it in Joe’s hands. You would think that if she was a
length off sprinters like she was (July 5) that she’ll be able to stay
up close here.”
the colors of BDL Stable, Donnely, and Phantom House, Lucky Rag Doll
will break from post position two in the Monmouth Oaks, which goes
as race 11 on Saturday’s 12-race card.
PARK HOSTS LADIES DAY ON SATURDAY
Ladies Day comes to
Park this Saturday, where ladies will
receive free general admission to the clubhouse or grandstand if they
wear a fancy hat or fascinator. In addition, there will be a best hat
contest between 12-2 p.m., and the women with the best
hats will be invited into the winner’s circle for the fifth race, where
the winner will be announced. There will also be $5 Skinnygirl drink
specials and hat vendors for Ladies Day Saturday.
Gates open for Ladies Day at 11:30, with the first race set to go off at 12:50.
KORTNEY’S CHALLENGE COMES TO MONMOUTH SUNDAY
will host Kortney’s Challenge, a two mile fun run/walk. Proceeds from
Kortney’s Challenge will go to the Kortney Rose Foundation, an
to raising funds to support research and education related to the
treatment and cure of pediatric brain tumors.
The race will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the track’s
entrance and will end two miles later in the Grandstand. Runners will
also receive free Grandstand parking and free Grandstand admission to
the park with registration to
Kortney’s Challenge. Participants can register on race day in person
beginning at 8:30 a.m., or online at www.thekortneyrosefoundation.org.