CCA Oaks & Other Weekend STakes

Ruffian, 1975 CCA Oaks winner/photo from jockeysite.com

Ruffian, 1975 CCA Oaks winner/photo from jockeysite.com

The Coaching CLub American Oaks (Gr1) used to be the Belmont of the New York filly Triple Crown.  Such luminaries as Twilight Tear (1944), Ruffian (1975) and Mom’s COmmand (1985) have won the race in their Hall of Fame careers.  More recently, Ashado won the race enroute to her championship 3 yo season honors.  In 2001, Tweedside provided her sire Thunder Gulch a rare double, when she won the CCA Oaks, then run at the 1.5 mile distance, the same year as Point Given captured the Belmont Stakes, also at that marathon stretch.  This year’s CCA Oaks is an intriguing field of 5, with two Godolphin-owned fillies the likely (and deserved) favorites. 

LITTLE BELLE and MUSIC NOTE are the class of the field.  Both are by Belmont winner AP Indy, who sired 2002 winner Jilbab.  I give Music Note the edge over Little Belle, pedigree-wise, with that Sadler’s Wells broodmare sire.  Acoma is also tough here, but with only 4 starts she is due for a loss sometime.  Little Belle is more experienced than both other fillies.  Plus, she ran 2nd in her last start, the KY Oaks. 

1)LITTLE BELLE
2)Music Note
3)Acoma

It would be an ironic twist if Never Retreat wins, as she is trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, former trainer of Little Belle.

VIRGINNY DERBY Gr2:

1)OLD MAN BUCK
2)Sailor’s Cap
3)Your Round

SAN DIEGO HANDICAP Gr2:

1)WELL ARMED
2)TAll Texan
3)Rebellion

EDDIE REID HNDCP Gr1:

1)STORM MILITARY
2)Monzante
3)Whatsthescript

And that’s all I have time for this weekend…Go EVENING ATTIRE in Philly!

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2 Comments

Filed under Belmont Park, Del Mar, Graded Stakes, Handicapping

2 responses to “CCA Oaks & Other Weekend STakes

  1. It’s a good thing we didn’t start this weekend. Your trifecta box edged out mine by a neck.

  2. …in the Eddie Read.
    Whoops.

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