With Grade 1 races on radar, Street Band claims Indiana Oaks

July 07, 2019 09:35pm
With Grade 1 races on radar, Street Band claims Indiana Oaks
Photo: Indiana Grand

Street Band started an ambitious second-half schedule Saturday night with an impressive win in the Grade 3, $200,000 Indiana Oaks.

Under jockey Sophie Doyle, the Istan filly took over the lead from pace-setter and 2-1 post-time favorite Kim K in the far turn at Indiana Grand.

Street Band went on to post a winning time of 1:43.01, finishing well ahead of runner-up Sundaysatthebeach and third-place Chocolate Kisses. She paid $8.20 to win in the feature for sophomore fillies.

“She really exploded," said Doyle, who became the first female jockey to win the Indiana Oaks. "When she put herself in that hole around the turn, she took me there. Same as she did at the Fair Grounds. When I asked her, I knew she had plenty of horse left.

"I said, ‘Oh yeah, we’re going good here.’ She just kicked in again and drew away from everyone. I thought, ‘Going to take a good one to catch me.’”


Trainer Larry Jones campaigns Street Band along with his wife Cindy, Ray Francis, Medallion Racing and MyRacehorse.com.

Francis and the Joneses bred the 3-year-old, whose four wins now include two graded scores, with the other coming March 23 in the Fair Grounds Oaks (G2).

Last out Street Band ran sixth May 3 in the Kentucky Oaks. She stayed at Churchill Downs to train before taking the trip north of the Ohio River to Indiana Grand.

Larry Jones said last month that the Indiana Oaks was step one for Street Band on a road toward two Grade 1 races: Saratoga’s $600,000 Alabama Stakes on Aug. 17 and Parx Racing’s $1 million Cotillion on Sept. 21.

In addition to its hefty purse, the Cotillion offers a “Win and You’re In” ticket to another prominent Grade 1 female feature, the Breeders’ Cup Distaff on Nov. 2 at Santa Anita Park.

“That is why we gave her a lot of time after the Kentucky Oaks," Jones said. "I had in mind what I want to be a little busier fall. If we get to the Alabama and Cotillion, that will make this time off be what we wanted.”

 

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