beyond seven furlongs for the first time, Rigoletta, a 32-1 shot, turned the
tables on favored Tell a Kelly to win the $250,000 Oak Leaf Stakes Sunday at
Oak Tree/Hollywood Park.
beaten 6 ¾ lengths by Tell a Kelly in the Darley Debutante Sept. 4 at Del Mar, Rigoletta
became the highest priced winner in Oak Leaf history.
bred daughter of Concerto and the Montbrook mare Almost Aprom Queen returned
$67.40, $11.40 and $4.60 for owner Thor-Bred Stable LLC.
Class had held the record, paying $63.60 when she won as a part of an entry in
by Dan Hendricks, who was earning his first victory in the Grade 1, Rigoletta
rallied directly outside of Tell a Kelly and jockey David Flores did some race
riding, keeping the 1-2 choice in some tight quarters during the stretch run.
the finish, Rigoletta prevailed by a half-length. The final time for the 1 1/16
miles over Cushion Track was 1:44.03.
just tried to put her in a good position,’’ said Flores
after his fourth Oak Leaf victory, one fewer than leader Chris McCarron. “She
was in the bridle the whole way.
a Kelly bumped her and it got her into the race more…she got aggressive and
fought back. I thought I was going to get beat, but that (bump) seemed to make
told me to ride with confidence and I think had her in the perfect spot. I’m
very proud of her.’’
said he would like to run Rigoletta, who has won two of four and earned
$210,820, to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies on Nov. 5 at Churchill Downs.
She earned a spot in the field as the Oak Leaf was one of the Breeders’ Cup
Challenge “Win and You’re In’’ races.
a Kelly, who had a two race win streak snapped, is also being pointed to the
Juvenile Fillies, according to trainer John Sadler. She paid $2.60 and $2.10.
The show price on Indian Gracey was $4.
reason I tried to go between horses is that she wasn’t going to go by the one
in front (Indian Gracey) and I didn’t think I had enough horse to go around,’’
said Alonso Quinonez, Tell a Kelly’s rider. “She was working real well and
everything set up perfectly for her, but we really didn’t have any excuses.’’