Phoenix Thoroughbred III’s Crazy Beautiful tops a field of nine in the $300,000 Delaware Oaks (G3) at Delaware Park July 3. The Oaks is the eighth race on a card that also includes the $150,000 Kent Stakes (G3T).
In her most recent start, the Kenny McPeek trainee posted a 1 3/4-length score in the mile and a sixteenth Summertime Oaks (G2) at Santa Anita Park May 30.
“She is doing great,” said McPeek. “We could not be happier with this filly. She handled the race in California pretty handily, so hopefully we will be able to pull off the coast-to-coast bookend and pull off the Santa Anita to Delaware Park double. The Delaware Oaks is a real good spot for her. The money, the grade, and the timing are all what we are looking for. We are excited that Mike Smith is coming back to ride her, and I suspect she will be tough.”
Previously, the daughter of Liam’s Map was unplaced in the 1 1/8-mile Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) at Churchill Downs April 30. In her two other outings this year, she won the 1 1/16-mile Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) by 2 1/4 lengths March 27 and finished second Feb. 27 in the one-mile Davona Dale Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park.
Last year, she posted a record of two wins and two seconds from five starts, which included a second in the Darley Alcibiades Stakes (G1) at Keeneland and a second in the Pocahontas Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs. She closed her 2020 campaign by finishing sixth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) at Keeneland.
Her connections are intending to use the Delaware Oaks as a springboard for further engagements this summer at Saratoga Race Course in races such as the Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) July 24 or the Alabama Stakes (G1) Aug. 21.
She has a career record of four wins and three seconds from nine starts with earnings of $520,865. She carries high weight of 122 pounds.
A race before the Delaware Oaks, Madaket Stables’ Wootton Asset seeks his first victory in North America in the Kent Stakes. The French-bred son of Wootton Bassett will be making his 2021 debut in the 1 1/8-mile grass affair for 3-year-olds.
Wootton Asset posted a record of two wins and a second from seven starts with earnings of $73,745 last year. After being imported from Europe, the Wootton Bassett colt narrowly missed when second in the Laurel Futurity before going unplaced in two other stakes starts, including last fall’s Cecil B. DeMille Stakes (G3T) at Del Mar in his final start at 2.
“Since he had been running in France before he shipped to the United States, we really were not sure how many more races he had in him and maybe the California race may have been one too many,” trainer Graham Motion said. “He really came to the United States to run on firmer ground and the first time we ran him, in the Laurel Futurity, it was extremely soft, but he ran well extremely well. He had the winter off, and I think he has grown up a lot.”
Favored at 8-5 on the morning line is Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3) winner Like the King , owned by M Racing Group and trained by Wesley Ward.
Delaware Park, Saturday, July 03, 2021, Race 8
- Grade III
- 1 1/16m
- 3 yo Fillies
- 4:45 PM (local)
Delaware Park, Saturday, July 03, 2021, Race 7
- Grade IIIT
- 1 1/8m
- 3 yo
- 4:15 PM (local)