The Ogden Phipps (G1) is the season’s first “Win and You’re In” qualifier for the Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Keeneland on November 7. The last three winners of the Ogden Phipps were Midnight Bisou, Abel Tasman, and Songbird.
Race 9. Ogden Phipps (G1). For four-year-old and up fillies and mares going 1 1/16-miles on the dirt. Purse $300,000.
|1||Pink Sands||Jose L. Ortiz||Shug McGaughey||6/1|
|2||Point of Honor||Javier Castellano||George Weaver||2/1|
|3||She’s a Julie||Ricardo Santana, Jr.||Steven Asmussen||8/1|
|4||Blamed||John R. Velazquez||William Mott||10/1|
|5||Ollie’s Candy||Joel Rosario||John Sadler||8/5|
|6||Golden Award||Junior Alvarado||William Mott||7/2|
Pink Sands won her last two starts using her late kick by winning the Rampart (G3) and the Inside Information (G2) at Gulfstream Park. She will be making her first start in a Grade 1 race coming back the races since January. She has four wins of her six career victories came at Gulfstream; the other two were at Saratoga and Monmouth Park. She has speed and her inside post position give her a slight advantage in this small field. She should be a factor at the wire.
Point of Honor record is 8: 3-3-1. In 2019, she won the Black-Eyed Susan (G2) and followed that with two : the Club American Oaks (G1) and the Alabama (G1). Most recently she finished third in the Apple Blossom (G1) after a poor start and showed ability to rally from way off the field. She should enjoy the anticipated speed of the race and be passing tired horse down the lane. She should finish in the top three.
She’s a Julie is a G1 winner and has earned over 1 million dollars. She prefers to lay back in the second pack and stalk leaders. She was able to win with this strategy in the La Troienne (G1) at Churchill Downs more than a year ago. She will need to improve against this competitive field. She should be able to find a spot on the board.
Blamed started her racing career racing at Zia Park and Sunland. She has captured nine race which include the Royal Delta (G3) last year at Gulfstream Park and the other at Aqueduct in the Comely (G3) as a 3-year-old. She will be part of the speed group but does not have enough talent to be competitive at the wire against this field.
Ollie’s Candy like to be the one setting the pace. She won the 2019 Clement L. Hirsch (G1). She recently finished second in the Apple Blossom (G1). She will need to let the race to unfold in front of her and start making a push towards the front around the turn. She should be a factor at the wire.
Golden Award won Turnback the Alarm Handicap (G3) at Aqueduct and the Shuvee (G3) at Saratoga last year. She like to be part of the pace. In her 202 debut she finished second in February on a sloppy track at Gulfstream Park in the Royal Delta. She is out classed in the race. She should not be a factor at the wire.
J’s Top Three Picks:
- Point of Honor
- Ollie’s Candy
- Pink Sands