Review of Central Bank Ashland Stakes (GI) at Keenland on April 6

The Ashland awards qualifying points for the Kentucky Oaks to the top four finishers on a 100-40-20-10 scale. 

Race 9. Central Bank Ashland Stakes (GI). For three-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles on dirt. Purse $500,000.

Entries:

PP Filly Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Bizwhacks Mario Gutierrez Doug O’Neill 15/1
2 Chocolate Kisses Tyler Gaffalione Mark Casse 5/1
3 Lady Kate Corey J. Lanerie Eddie Kenneally 15/1
4 Jaywalk Javier Castellano John Servis 8/5
5 Feedback Irad Ortiz, Jr. Chad Brown 3/1
6 Restless Rider Brian Hernandez, Jr. Kenneth McPeek 5/2
7 Bell’s the One Florent Geroux Neil Pessin 15/1
8 Out for a Spin Paco Lopez Dallas Stewart 20/1

 

Jaywalk finished fourth in the March 2 Davona Dale Stakes (GII) going a mile at Gulfstream Park.  It was the first start for Jaywalk since her frontrunning 5 1/2-length victory in the 1 1/16-mile Tito’s Handmade Vodka Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (GI) at Churchill Downs.  She was named the champion 2-year-old filly of 2018. She’s been at Keeneland for over a week training, handled the track really well. She worked four furlongs in :48 3/5 on March 31. Jaywalk ranks 11th on the Kentucky Oaks leaderboard with 35 points. She’ll need to finish in top four in order to secure a place in the Oaks. She should be forwardly placed and be able to finish in the top two.

Restless Rider finished second in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (GI). She will make her first start of the year after finishing second in the Golden Rod Stakes (G2) at Churchill on Nov. 24.  Restless Rider returns to a track where she won the Oct. 5 Darley Alcibiades Stakes (GI) by 2 1/2 lengths going 1 1/16 miles.  She posted a workout  going four furlongs in :59.84 on March 30 at Gulfstream. She has 22 points and ranks 14th on the Kentucky Oaks leaderboard. She’ll need to finish in top three in order to secure a place in the Oaks. She will be stalking the pace setters till the field turns for home. She should have enough of a kick to finish in top three.

Feedback broke her maiden by eight lengths going 6 1/2 furlongs Aug. 12 at Saratoga Race Course, then came back Forward Gal Stakes (GIII) going seven furlongs at Gulfstream. She has only raced twice. She has 10 points and ranks 22nd on the Kentucky Oaks leaderboard. She’ll need to finish in top three in order to secure a place in the Oaks. She could be a factor at the wire.

Bell’s the One won the March 9 Allen Black Cat LaCombe Memorial Stakes going a mile on the turf at Fair Grounds on March 9th. She also has won two races on dirt and one on the all-weather. She is not in the Top Twenty Oaks points leaders. She will need to finish in top two to secure a place in the Oaks. She should not be a factor at the wire.

Chocolate Kisses won the Honeybee Stakes (GIII) winner and ran fourth in the Alcibiades in her lone Keeneland race. She currently ranks 6th on the Kentucky Oaks leaderboard with 51 points, which should be enough to secure a place in the Oaks. She should find a spot on the board.

Out for a Spin  broke her maiden on December 19 at the Fair Grounds. She won an allowance race at the Fair Grounds on March 16.  She needs to compete against lower class fillies to be competitive. She should not be a factor at the wire.

Bizwhacks broke her maiden at Santa Anita on February 3. She ran third  in the Honeybee at Oaklawn Park in her last start. She needs to compete against lower class fillies to be competitive. She should not be a factor at the wire.

Lady Kate broke her maiden in her debut race at Gulfstream Park on January 12. She finished second in her last race Suncoast Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs. She likes to stalk the pace setters and rally down the lane. She could find a spot on the board.

Our Top Three Picks:

  • Jaywalk
  • Restless Rider
  • Chocolate Kisses

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