Finite Tough to Beat in Fair Grounds Oaks
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By Emily Shields for TVG
The five rivals in the $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) will have a tough time beating Finite. The three-year-old filly is the 3-5 morning line choice for the 1 1/16-mile race at the Fair Grounds in Louisiana on March 21.
Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Finite has won her last five starts. Steve Asmussen trains the $200,000 purchase, the smashing winner of the Rachel Alexandra (G2) here on February 15. She also took the Silverbulletday here in January, after winning the Golden Rod (G2) at Churchill Downs in November. Ricardo Santana, Jr will ride the daughter of Munnings, who had a bullet five-furlong workout on March 9.
Among her challengers is Antoinette, a Godolphin-owned daughter of Hard Spun. She has won her last two starts, first breaking her maiden on the grass at Belmont, then taking the Tepin Stakes at Aqueduct December 5. The Bill Mott-trainee hasn’t run since, but has been working at Payson Park since January 27. Junior Alvarado will ride.
Tempers Rising is another local runner for trainer Dallas Stewart. The daughter of Bayern broke her maiden at Churchill Downs in November, then ran third here in the Silverbublletday behind Finite. She was beaten just a neck for the win. The bay filly then ran fourth in the Rachel Alexandra, after being bumped at the break and forced wide.
Bonny South broke her maiden by disqualification in December, technically winning here over a mile and 70 yards. She then came right back at Oaklawn Park to win an allowance over this distance. Brad Cox trains for Juddmonte Farms. This is another daughter of Munnings.
Stop Shoppin Tammy broke her maiden around this trip last out, winning by a length and a quarter. Corey Lanerie rides for Philip Bauer. The daughter of Tapit is owned by Rigney Racing LLC. She was fourth on debut at Saratoga last year, then had plenty of time off before her winning return. She worked a bullet five furlongs here March 13.
French Rose rounds out the field.
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