|PP||Filly / Mare||Jockey||Trainer||M/L|
|1||Serengeti Empress||Flavien Prat||Thomas M. Amoss||7/5|
|2||Out for a Spin||Brian Hernandez, Jr.||Dallas Stewart||10/1|
|3||Saracosa||Corey J. Lanerie||Brendan P. Walsh||15/1|
|4||Lady Apple||Ricardo Santana, Jr.||Steven M. Asmussen||9/2|
|5||Mylady Curlin||Tyler Gaffalione||Brad H. Cox||7/2|
|6||Street Band||Sophie Doyle||J. Larry Jones||5/2|
Six fillies and mares will compete in this year’s Houston Ladies Classic, led by Serengeti Empress. She won the 2019 Rachel Alexandra Stakes (G2) at Fair Grounds prior to her victory in the Kentucky Oaks. She ran third in the 2019 Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1). She is 4-for-4 at this distance and is the one to beat. She should be sitting outside the pace until the final turn. The field will try to catch her down the lane.
Street Band won 3 graded stakes in 2019. Her best victory was winning the G1 Cotillion. She finished off the board in the Distaff. Her recent works show she is primed for a big race. She will try to Serengeti Empress down the lane. She should finish in top three.
Mylady Curlin has a knack of finishing in the top two. She has started 10 ten times and was first or second in each start. Her best win was the Falls City (G2). She will be the pace setter in the race. She has excellent works leading up to the race. She will repeat her habit and finish in the top two.
J’s Top Three Picks:
- Serengeti Empress – Best Bet of the Day
- Mylady Curlin
- Street Band