Laura’s Light Heads Big Field for Del Mar Oaks
Photo courtesy of Eclipse Sportswire
By Emily Shields for TVG
While all eyes will be on the TVG Pacific Classic (G1) at Del Mar on Saturday, the best betting race of the day could be the $250,000 (G1) Del Mar Oaks. The 1 1/8th mile race on the turf drew a field of eleven sophomore fillies, topped by four-time stakes winner Laura’s Light. Trying to upset her will be Warren’s Showtime, French shipper Miss Extra, and recent allowance winner Carpe Vinum amongst others.
Laura’s Light drew post position ten coming off two straight graded wins including the one-mile San Clemente (G2) last out. She has a record of five wins in seven starts for trainer Peter Miller and has never been worse than second on this course. The Gary Barber-owned daughter of Constitution has only once lost once on the grass; that was here last fall in Grade 3 company.
Warren’s Showtime will have jockey Mike Smith up for the first time. The California-bred daughter of Clubhouse Ride has won three of her last six starts, all three wins were stakes. She is equally competent on dirt or turf but has yet to run nine furlongs. Craig Lewis trains.
Miss Extra (Fr) makes her Stateside debut after being a Group 2 winner at Chantilly in June. She has won three of four in 2020 and is now in the barn of trainer Richard Mandella. The daughter of Masterstroke was ninth in Group 1 company last out behind top filly Fancy Blue but was only beaten 7 lengths and is very dangerous in this spot.
Another horse shipping in from France is Neige Blanche (Fr). The chestnut daughter of Anodin is coming off a Group 3 win at Lyon-Parilly. She is now in the barn of Leonard Powell after arriving mid-July. Unlike the rest of the field, she has never run a distance this short.
Powell’s second runner is Guitty (Fr), who drew outside the field. She has run here four times with two wins and a second to her credit. The daughter of Dunkerque was second beaten three-quarters of a length behind Laura’s Light last out at 19-1.
Carpe Vinum drew the rail for trainer Phil D’Amato. She won over 1 1/16 miles on July 12, defeating several of today’s rivals in that event despite having a bad trip. The $200,000 daughter of Carpe Diem is seeking a first stakes win. This is a $200,000 daughter of Carpe Diem.
Aqua Seaform Shame is coming in off two straight wins here sprinting. The first of those was in November, then she was off until July 10th. Richard Baltas trains the daughter of Kantharos who will need to prove that she can go two turns after the pair of five-furlong scores.
California Kook, Trickle In, Red Lark, and Parkour round out the field. Watch and Wager on all the Stakes action at Del Mar with TVG.
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